Energetic Alice celebrates her century in North Walsham

Energetic Alice Lambert enjoyed a special celebration in North Walsham today when she turned 100.

The mum-of-one was surrounded by friends, family and well wishers during a party at Walsham Grange nursing home to mark her landmark birthday.

As well as receiving a card from the Queen the hard working widow was 'thrilled' to also be sent a telegram by Chingford MP Iain Duncan Smith on behalf of the department for work and pensions.

Mrs Lambert was born in Wickmere and used to work for Lord and Lady Walpole and as a cook at Colby Primary School before retiring.

Up until May she was living at home in Colby before moving to Walsham Grange, where she has settled in with her beloved pet budgie, delighted staff and made friends with another 100-year-old resident.

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Lesley Horsfield, manager at the Bacton Road home, said: 'She's full of life and has more energy than most of the staff. She's always bright as a button and has a very positive outlook on life.'

'She's had a good day. She was looking forward to everyone coming. The telegram was a great thrill, I've not seen one before and I think that's a real recognition of someone who's really worked all her life and dedicated her life to helping people,'

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Mrs Wickmere had one daughter Jean, who died 20 years ago, but was joined at her celebrations by her son in law John Bately her great nieces and nephews and their parents.

Mr Bately, 74, said: 'They all think a lot of her. We took her out to lunch to lunch before, she's enjoyed today.'

Her celebrations continue tomorrow when she will be whisked to Colby Church where a flower festival is being held in her honour.

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