Family joins 100th birthday celebrations

Published 14 November 2014

The daughter of a WDH tenant who has celebrated her 100th birthday put her mum’s longevity down to healthy food and a calm temperament.

Doris Nuttall, who has lived at the Silkstone Court Independent Living Scheme in Altofts for many years, had to go into Pontefract Hospital a few days before her birthday on Saturday.

But she was treated to a fun-filled family gathering, with the hospital setting aside a day room for her to entertain her three children, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She also received a telegram from the Queen and a birthday card from Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith. 

Mrs Nuttall, who grew up in Castleford, is the youngest of three children. At the age of 14 she went to work for a local family and got married to Albert at the age of 19.

Her elder daughter Betty Seymour is 80 and lives in Castleford. Younger daughter Maureen Holdsworth also lives in Castleford and son Barry Nuttall lives not far from his widowed mother in Altofts.

Mrs Holdsworth, who baked her mum a celebration cake, said: “She has always eaten healthily and she has always been very laid back, but firm. She never shouts – and never moans.”

As Mrs Nuttall was in hospital for her milestone birthday Tina Webb, WDH’s Independent Living Scheme Manager, and Caroline Honnor, WDH’s Independent Team Leader, personally delivered a bouquet of flowers to her. The centenarian said they were “gorgeous”.

Mr Nuttall said:  “I'm really pleased to be able to celebrate this day with my mum and we’re really grateful for her flowers.”

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