December 7 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 18, 2013
As 100 balloons soared over their Norfolk care home, a 100-year-old husband and his 100-year-old wife celebrated a rare milestone.
Leslie and Elsie Green are the oldest residents in Broadland Park residential home, The Green, Upton.
Mr Green reached his century on April 6, and Mrs Green joined him at that grand old age yesterday.
Staff decided the occasion was too special to ignore, throwing a huge party and rounding up 100 green helium balloons to release.
The pair met at Scottow in 1933, and romance blossomed.
Eldest daughter Mary Daniels, 72, joked: “One boy was going to take her home but she didn’t like him so she took my dad home instead and it went from there!”
Mr Green, who was born in Brandon, used to work driving steam rollers and thrashing engines on farms. He had 21 brothers and sisters.
His Scottow-born wife used to work at horse shows, and had a younger brother.
Mr and Mrs Green tied the knot at Scottow church on February 15, 1941, and were able to stay together during the Second World War.
Despite many men being called up to fight, Mr Green was spared as he had a deformed hip – instead doing his bit in Scottow Home Guard.
They went on to have three children – Mary, Jean, 71, and John, 66.
Mr Green had several jobs, but always worked the land.
His daughter Mary said his longest stint was as a stockman at Lacey Farm, Worstead, where he fed horses, milked cows and generally kept the farm running. “The chap who owned it had no tractors or anything,” she added. “It was all horses.”
He retired at 65, and Mr and Mrs Green moved to Broadland Park in April 2012. And the simple life could have helped them reach a combined 200 years.
“They only had plain food, no fancy stuff,” revealed Mary. “They used to have potatoes, corned beef and bread and butter. Dad used to work all hours on the land. I’ve never known him have a holiday.”
With only six months to go until Mr Green’s 101st birthday, the family is trying not to think of how they might better yesterday to mark the occasion.
Lisa Evans, the home’s care co-ordinator, said: “They’ve been quite excited. Elsie was aware earlier on in the week that it was her birthday, but she was a little surprised when we said she was 100!
“I think they keep each other going.”
The home has 31 residents, and there were more than 50 at the party including family members, with daughter-in-law Sheila Green passing on her best wishes.