Published: 17:04, 23 August 2019
| Updated: 17:36, 23 August 2019
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.
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.”
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.”