One of Dereham’s oldest residents celebrates her 103rd birthday

Ida Parkin has celebrated her 103rd birthday in Dereham

Ida Parkin has celebrated her 103rd birthday in Dereham - Credit: Archant

One of Dereham's oldest residents has celebrated her 103rd birthday.

Ida Parkin, who has been living in St Nicholas House care home for just over a year, celebrated the milestone on Tuesday by spending time with family and friends, and sharing cake with fellow residents.

Born in Lancashire in 1914, she followed in her parents' footsteps and spent much of her life working in the cotton mills.

One of her most treasured memories is from 1931 when Mahatma Ghandi visited the Lancashire mills to see the working conditions.

But she said that in her 103 years, she is most proud of raising her son and daughter.

Ms Parkin moved to Norfolk when she retired in the early 1980s and eventually moved into the care home on Littlefields, Dereham in 2016.

She said: 'I only feel a little bit older than what I was before. The best part of the day has been getting all the presents and having a visit from my son.'

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