A Wellingborough woman has celebrated her 100th birthday with a party at Lancum House

Adelaide Marshall, known as Doreen, was joined by family, residents and staff for the celebrations at Lancum House, which included a tea party and entertainment from local singer, May Blossom, who sang some of Doreen’s favourite tunes.

Doreen spent the morning opening a number of gifts - including her card from the Queen. 

Born and raised in Rushden, Doreen was an only child. She moved to Swiss Cottage in London when she was 18 and lived there throughout the war, before becoming a nurse - working in a children's hospital in Wimbledon Common.

Doreen met her husband, Mac, and they moved when Mac was stationed in the RAF and Doreen took a position in a nursery, before later changing her career and becoming a stitcher in a shoe factory.

A lifelong lover of caravan holidays, Doreen often tells staff that her secret to a long life is “to keep your independence and stay busy”.

The manager of the Shaw healthcare-operated Lancum House, Alysha Coleman, said: “We’ve loved being able to get together and celebrate Doreen’s birthday, as we know how much she was looking forward to it. Doreen is quite a character and we love to listen to her stories about her life.”

Lancum House is situated on Bush Close, Hardwick Lane and provides residential accommodation for up to 43 residents, including those living with dementia.

 

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