Spcial chapter for Fenland centenarian

The family of Audrey Ketley helped her celebrate her 100th birthday by having her poems published.
The family of Audrey Ketley helped her celebrate her 100th birthday by having her poems published.

The family of a Fenland woman had her work of poems published as a surprise commemoration of her 100th birthday.

Audrey Ketley received a copy of her very own book, My Home My England, when friends and family gathered at her home in Sefton Avenue, Walsoken, to mark her 100th birthday.

She also enjoyed opening her greeting card from the Queen.

A keen writer, Mrs Ketley has written to her eldest daughter in America every week without fail for more than 50 years, ever since she moved there in 1962.

Throughout the Second World War she also wrote almost daily to her husband, Jack, who was a pilot with the RAF.

Something that helped her through the years while Jack was away was writing poems about her love for lanes, hedgerows and cottages in the area around Walpole St Peter, where she grew up.

Son Andy Ketley said: “The poems were written up into exercise books for the family to read but last year the family thought it appropriate to have these beautiful poems published in commemmoration of our mother’s 100th birthday.”

Originally printed for just friends and family to read, the book is now available to buy online.