Celebration for Linda as she reaches 106th year

Linda Rumsby

Linda Rumsby - Credit: Archant

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.

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'.

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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.'

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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.

Do you or a relative have a 100th birthday approaching? Email tbw.news@archant.co.uk

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