101 happy returns for Archway coronavirus survivor

Joane Steele celebrates 101st birthday with full English breakfast

Friday, 14th May 2021 — By Calum Fraser

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Joane Steele

A CARE home resident who brushed off Covid-19 celebrated her 101st birthday with a full English breakfast.

Joane Steele, who lives in the Cheverton Lodge Care Home in Archway, was served the full English in the morning to mark her 101st birthday before tucking into a personalised Victorian cake surrounded by cards, right.

She was disappointed not to get a card from the Queen as she did last year, however she was upbeat about it adding that “perhaps I’ll get one when I am 200 years old”.

Ms Steele volunteered during the Second World War and helped deliver messages. After that she worked in an insurance brokerage firm until she retired in 1976.

Asked what she thinks of the coronavirus, Joan said: “It didn’t scare me, I had it and never got sick from it. You can only take precautions as best you can and hope for luck. Life is full of luck, isn’t it?”

Care home manager Earl Elliott said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating a truly remarkable woman as she reaches this amazing milestone.” Ms Steele’s birthday was on Friday April 30.

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