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Former Haverstock School dinner lady celebrates 101st birthday

'I do find it hard to believe I'm 101'

23 July, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

Louisa Tame with her son Peter

A FORMER school dinner lady has celebrated her 101st birthday.

Louisa Tame worked with hundreds of children at Haverstock School for 26 years.

A party was held at her home at the Maitland Park Care Home last week.

On her secret to a long life, her 64-year-old son Peter said: “She worked hard all of her life. In between her full time jobs she always did cleaning jobs. She’s had an interesting life.”

Ms Tame said: “I do find it hard to believe I’m 101.”

Ms Tame, known as “Lou” to those close to her, was born in the City of London and attended school near Smithfield Market. She never met her father, Robert Gibbs, who died in World War I.

Ms Tame met her husband Frederick, a coal merchant, at a pub before having three sons, Peter, Stephen, 67 and Brian, 72. Ms Tame, who lived in Kentish Town for decades, had also worked at Carlton Primary School. On her 100th birthday, she had a fall but aside from that and hearing loss, is in good health.

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