Wisbech woman dies at 101

Hilda Cattell, who has died aged 101

Hilda Cattell, who has died aged 101

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Wisbech centenarian Hilda May Cattell has died at the age of 101.

Born Hilda Hubbard at Ramnoth Road, Wisbech, on April 4, 1914 – three months before the outbreak of World War One – she often talked about her earliest memory: a Zeppelin flying over the town in the late years of the war.

Hilda lived in Wisbech all her life apart from her years qualifying as a teacher at Homerton College, Cambridge. She began teaching in 1936 at Wiggenhall St German’s primary school, commuting by bus and bike daily.

In 1939 she married Roy Cattell, who worked for English Brothers and played at left back for Wisbech Town FC.

He went off to fight in the Royal Artillery in World War Two and Hilda continued to teach. After the war Hilda taught at St Peter’s School.

She and Roy had two boys Robert and Paul, who still lives in the family home. Hilda retired in 1975 having inspired many young students, including the late actor, Anton Rogers.

She was a keen tennis player (not hanging up her racket until she was 80), and played bowls at the Hudson Sports Centre until she was 85.

Hilda was a staunch member of Wisbech Inner Wheel for almost 50 years.

She died peacefully at the Wisbech home she had lived in for 76 years and is survived by her two sons.