Britain’s oldest female football fan has been rewarded for her loyalty with her own corporate box – at the age of 100.
Sprightly Kitty Thorne has attended nearly every Bristol Rovers home game since her first match in 1954, when she traveled to the ground by STEAM TRAIN.
At the time Winston Churchill was Prime Minister and meat had just been removed from World War II rationing lists.
Since then she has made the 52-mile round trip from her home in Trowbridge, Wilts., on around 1,500 occasions to see her team in action.
She says her love of Rovers keeps her alive along with strong coffee and corned beef sandwiches.
Now Kitty has been rewarded for her long-standing loyalty by being given a corporate box at the club’s Memorial Stadium until the end of the season.
After watching Rovers maintain their spot at the top of the Vanarama Conference on Saturday, despite losing 2-1 to Eastleigh, Kitty said: “Football is my life, and Rovers is my club.
“I love coming here. It’s what I look forward to. I’ll keep coming to games as long as I can.
“The first game I went to had me hooked. I fell in love with the noise and the atmosphere. The whole experience was amazing.”