Iris and family celebrate a milestone

Iris Lacey who celebrated her 100th birthday recently
Iris Lacey who celebrated her 100th birthday recently

A luncheon was held at Nowton Court village to mark the centenary of Iris Lacey who was joined by her family to recognise her special milestone.

Iris, who lives at the family home in Hardwick Lane, Bury, was born the daughter to baker Fred Kitchen and his wife Alice at Wisbech on January 16 1913 and one of her earliest memories is of sampling dad’s bread at the age of four.

She met her husband Cyril Lacey while working at an accountancy firm in Wisbech and they maried in 1934. Mr Lacey set up his own accountancy firm in Bury and was joined by the late Eric Radford.

His brother Maurice was a former Mayor of St Edmundsbury.

Cyril died in 1969 aged 59 and Iris has stayed at the family home in Hardwick Lane and recalls how the road was little more than a country lane when she first moved there.

Alicia Court, where Cyril built some houses, is named after her.

Her eldest son John, a scientist, died aged 61 and her youngest son David still lives with his mother. Her daughter Bridget became a ward sister at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and now lives in Lincoln with her husband, Malcolm Scott, a former editor of the Bury Free Press.

Iris has three grandchildren, and four great grandchildren and said of her longevity: “A glass of sherry a day does no harm.”