Children serenade Desborough woman on her 101st birthday

101st birthday of Charlotte Buswell celebrated by children from Loatlands Primary School who visited her home in Cheaney Court to sing to her.
101st birthday of Charlotte Buswell celebrated by children from Loatlands Primary School who visited her home in Cheaney Court to sing to her.
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It was a musical birthday for one Desborough woman as she turned 101 years old.

Charlotte Buswell celebrated her latest birthday being serenaded by pupils from Loatlands Primary School who sang Happy Birthday to her.

The 101-year-old was born in The George public house in Station Road where her parents were the landlord and landlady.

Charlotte followed her parents into the pub trade and when she married her husband Jack they took over running The Crown Inn in Middleton from Charlotte’s grandparents.

The couple who had two children, John and Margaret, didn’t stay in the pub business for long as Jack who died in 1997 decided to move to a job working for Stewarts and Lloyds in Corby as a crane driver.

The family settled in Cottingham where Charlotte was active in the church and Women’s Institute.

Her daughter Margaret Swingler has two children James and Fiona and they have given Charlotte five great-grandchildren, Jack, Sam, Ruby, Annabell and Hollie.

An expert at both knitting and crochet Charlotte is also a fan of chocolate and up until recently a glass of Guinness.

Five years ago Charlotte moved into Cheney Court moving back to the town of her birth.

When asked the secret of her long life Charlotte said: “It’s moving to this lovely home.

“I love seeing all the happy smiling faces of the staff because they are all so friendly.”