Rose blooms on birthday

Centenarian Rose Sharman with her birthday balloons. SG270415-115TW
Centenarian Rose Sharman with her birthday balloons. SG270415-115TW
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Donington mum Rose Sharman celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday by holding open house at the home she shares with her twin daughters, Janice and Jacqueline Sharman.

Rose had a telegram from the Queen to mark her big day and she was thrilled to have her second message from the monarch.

She was brought up by her grandparents because her dad died in the First World War.

Janice Sharman

The first came when Rose and her now late husband, Jack, celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in 2000.

Born in New Leake, Rose was educated at Stickney School and spent her early working years on the land and as a post woman.

Rose met Jack when he was a waggoner working horses on the land.

The couple married in 1940 and settled in Station Street, Donington, where Rose still lives although the house has been changed over the years.

Her daughter, Janice, said: “During the war, mum used to work at Wright’s Bakery in Donington and that’s where the paratroopers used to come in.”

As well as greeting friends on Friday – and being showered with flowers and 70 cards – Rose had another special day on Saturday at church.

Janice (66) said Rose has been a life-long Methodist and has attended Sutterton Methodist Church since the Donington one closed a few years ago.

She said: “We invited some of the ex-ministers – some of them are retired and some are still preaching – and mum really enjoyed herself.”

Asked about the secret of her mum’s long life, Janice said: “She doesn’t drink, she doesn’t eat meat and I think it’s in her genes because quite a few members of her family have lived to a great age.

“She had one uncle who made 100 and she still has a sister, Bessie, who is 97 and lives in Stickney.”

As well as her twins, Rose cared for an evacuee during the war and the lady concerned, Shirley Stevenson, now lives in the village.

Janice described her mum as “a very caring person.”

She said: “She was brought up by her grandparents because her dad died in the First World War. She was only two when he died.

“She had a strict upbringing and she was strict with us yet she had got such a kind heart. She would do anything for anybody.”