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The Mall, Maidstone celebrates 96th birthday of Britain's oldest cleaner Marjorie Rose

Britain's oldest cleaner has celebrated her 96th birthday with a party at a shopping centre.

Marjorie Rose has worked at The Mall in Maidstone town centre for more than 30 years and so has become a familiar face for thousands of shoppers.

The great-grandmother-of-seven first joined the centre in October 1986, when it was still called the Stone Borough Centre, after working as a fruit picker for Alan Firmin Ltd for nearly 40 years.

Marj has been at the centre for more than 30 years
Marj has been at the centre for more than 30 years

Since then, she has been mopping and cleaning windows with a smile on her face five days a week, rarely taking a day off.

To celebrate her big day, her colleagues at The Mall came together to shower her with gifts and balloons.

Marj said: “I’ve been so overwhelmed by all the attention and messages I’ve received over the last few days for my birthday.

"I love working at the shopping centre, I have got to know so many people and everybody is always happy to have a chat.

"When I’m at home, I just get lonely, so it’s nice to celebrate my birthday with everybody. I still feel fit and healthy so I will keep working.”

Marjorie Rose celebrates her 96th birthday at The Mall
Marjorie Rose celebrates her 96th birthday at The Mall

Suzie Brindle, The Mall’s marketing manager, added: “Marj has been working at the Mall for over 30 years now and there’s not a day when she doesn’t inspire or amaze us.

"You’ll often see her chatting with customers and bringing a smile on people’s face.

"She’s a pillar of the Mall’s community and we wanted to do something special for her birthday.

"What better way to celebrate than with cake, balloons and presents? Marj was absolutely delighted.”

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