Celebration for Linda as she reaches 106th year

PUBLISHED: 09:25 02 July 2014 | UPDATED: 09:25 02 July 2014

Linda Rumsby

Linda Rumsby


In the year Linda Rumsby was born, Lord Asquith was elected as Prime Minister, Henry Ford began production of his famed Model T motor car and Robert Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys was published for the first time.

Events of 1908 - the year Linda was born

January - Robert Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys is first published

February - The first round the world car race, from New York to Paris, begins

March - The Children’s Encyclopedia first published

April - London Summer Olympics begin

May - The first commerical oil discovery is made in the Middle East

June - Linda Rumsby is born on June 26

July - the Young Turk revolution takes place

August - The first animated film, Fantasmagorie, is made

September - Henry Ford produces the first Model T

October - Penny post established between UK and US

November - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid killed in Bolivia

December - Messina earthquake kills 70,000 in Sicily

And on Thursday, June 27 the mother-of-two received her seventh telegram from the Queen as she toasted her 106th birthday.

Mrs Rumsby, a resident at Priorsmead care home in Thetford, had flowers, balloons, singing and poetry recitals at her bash on Wednesday, June 26, where she was joined by her sons, Robin and Peter.

Born in Norwich six years before the outbreak ofthe First World War, Mrs Rumsby worked as a nursery nurse as a young woman before becoming a land girl during the Second World War.

A keen singer and pianist, she said the secret to a long and happy life is “good clean living and hard work”.

Sue Brockett, manager at Priorsmead, who organised the party at the home for her, said: “Linda had such a wonderful time with her friends and family.

“It was heart-warming to see her singing and reciting poems surrounded by her friends and family. It’s been a lovely, lovely day.”

Mrs Rumsby also received a telegram from Iain Duncan Smith, secretary of state for work and pensions. She is the oldest of 20 centenarians living in NorseCare homes, the company which runs Priorsmead.

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