It was open house for Laura’s 100th birthday

It's one birthday and two celebrations for Laura Baker. SG080615-102TW
It's one birthday and two celebrations for Laura Baker. SG080615-102TW

Whaplode resident Laura Baker celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday by holding open house for family and friends.

“It was just a little get together this week,” said Laura, who is looking forward to another celebration.

“We do the big party next Monday night at the Anglia Motel,” she said.

Born in Surfleet during the First World War, Laura was one of four sisters.

After leaving Surfleet school, she was in service in Moulton Chapel with the Fisher family before moving to work in Spalding.

She married landworker Harold Baker on Boxing Day 1939 at Spalding’s United Reformed Church, in Pinchbeck Road, when he was home on leave from the army for just a few days.

Laura recalls: “We just had a little party with the family and a few friends.”

Following the war, Harold returned to working on the land.

The couple settled in Whaplode in 1963 but, sadly, Harold died two years later.

Laura says she’s been very happy in Whaplode, has a lot of nice friends there and has enjoyed attending a number of the village clubs over the years.

She can’t explain the secret to her long life, but says: “I have worked hard enough.”