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Sweet smiles as Chrissie celebrates 105th birthday
May 16, 2012
A Dorset woman whose famous chocolate business earned a Royal seal of approval has celebrated her 105th birthday.
Christina Ungaretti, known as Chrissie, spent the special day with family and friends at Colten Care’s Castle View care home where she has lived for more than ten years.
She was born in 1907, five years before the Titanic disaster and seven years before the outbreak of World War One.
With her late husband Richard, Mrs Ungaretti ran a Dorchester sweet shop, The Dorset Maid, selling handmade quality chocolates.
It evolved into the firm of Dorchester Chocolates and later the House of Dorchester.
Such was Her Majesty’s liking for its plain chocolate bars, the Queen granted the company a Royal Warrant which was held for 15 years.
The Royal connection continued with HRH Prince Charles opening the current factory in Poundbury in 1998.
Mrs Ungaretti started a new hobby at the age of 96, taking up painting after being inspired at a residents’ art class at Castle View. She continues to paint floral cards for family and friends.
Castle View home manager Sarah Harper said: “Chrissie is a remarkable lady who is kind, amusing and young at heart."
Also attending the birthday celebration was the Mayor of Dorchester, Councillor Tess James.
Mrs Ungaretti said she had enjoyed a "wonderful" day adding: "Everyone has been very kind."
Celebration: Cllr Tess James, Mayor of Dorchester (left) and
Sarah Harper, Manager of Colten Care's Castle View care home, join Christina
Ungaretti in marking her 105th birthday.