Rose celebrates her sweet 100

Happy birthday: Rose Harrison wears her 100th birthday badge and holds her telegram from the Queen and a little teddy bear. Photo: SG060811-27MD
Happy birthday: Rose Harrison wears her 100th birthday badge and holds her telegram from the Queen and a little teddy bear. Photo: SG060811-27MD

A BIG party was the order of the day on Saturday as Rose Harrison celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends.

Rose didn’t have too far to go because a marquee was put up in the gardens of the sheltered housing complex where she lives in Irby Crescent, Whaplode.

She was joined by around 50 guests on the day and was showered with cards and bouquets. She also received a telegram from the Queen.

Rose has three children, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

Her daughter, Pat Nicholas, said: “She very much knows her own mind and she has always taken a great interest in the family.”

Rose (pictured) has always been keen on knitting and crochet work.

She can no longer knit but her crocheted blankets wing their way across the world to a children’s orphanage in Sierra Leone.

Born at Weston Hills, Rose has lived all of her life in South Holland, moving from village to village as her husband, Arthur, worked in agriculture.

The couple settled in Whaplode around 30 years ago. Arthur died in 1996.

Chris Taylor, a former warden at the Irby Crescent sheltered housing complex, said: “Rose is such a wonderful lady. For her age she is brilliant.

“She always has to start her day with a good breakfast, even on her birthday. She has half a grapefruit, a small rasher of bacon and two rounds of toast and honey.”

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