Tuesday, 21 September 2021

‘Kill me quick’ cake-maker celebrates 105th birthday

A WOMAN from Henley celebrated her 105th birthday with five generations of her family.

A WOMAN from Henley celebrated her 105th birthday with five generations of her family.

Kathleen Mabel Lunnon, also known as Kit, marked the milestone with a party for about 100 peope at the Rising Sun pub in Witheridge Hill.

She received a cake made by her great granddaughter Becci Evanson and a card from the Queen.

Mrs Lunnon grew up in Kintbury, West Berkshire, and went to the village school.

She left at the age of 14 and went into service as a cook.



For one of her early jobs she lived in Unst in the Shetland Islands and cooked for the Duchess of Argyll. She worked for most of her career as a cook for the Hamilton family in Greys Hill, Henley.

She married William Lunnon, a veterinary assistant turned gardener, in 1937 and the couple moved to Highmoor in 1949.

She had four children Val, Pat, David and William. Now she also has 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and a great great granddaughter, Kira-Rose Chapman, four. Mr Lunnon died in 1992 and Val and Pat have also passed away.

Mrs Lunnon enjoys baking and her “kill me quick” cakes are famous within her family. She was also a keen gardener into her nineties.

Grandson Jason Lunnon said: “She’s a wonderful lady. I used to play a lot of cricket when I was younger and would cycle past her house from Shiplake when we had matches.

“She and granddad were always there to put me up for the night so I wouldn’t have to go all the way home again afterwards.

“I remember we used to go round every Friday night for a family games night and she would always be baking her scones and cupcakes.

“It was a brilliant party and everybody said what a great night it was. She didn’t really want go out at first but she really enjoyed herself in the end.

“There were a lot of people she hadn’t seen in years, people who couldn’t make her 100th, so it was lovely.”



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