‘Truly remarkable’ Norah celebrates 100th birthday

Norah Wilkinson has celebrated her 100th birthday
Norah Wilkinson has celebrated her 100th birthday

Celebrations have been in full swing for a lady who reached her centenary in style.

Norah Wilkinson, a resident at Wykeham House, Horley, was joined by staff, relatives and friends as she received her congratulatory card from the Queen in recognition of the landmark birthday.

A champagne reception was held at the home and guests enjoyed a special birthday cake and songs.

Kathy Lambert, from Wykeham House, said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating a truly remarkable lady as she reached this amazing milestone.

“Norah is such a popular resident who always has an interesting tale to tell, and we look forward to hearing many more as she breaks into her next century.”

On the actual day of Norah’s birthday, her son, Keith, and daughter-in-law Judy hosted a garden party at their home in Smallfield. Unfortunately, bad weather meant everyone had to move indoors.

Norah has two grandsons – David, who lives in Horley, and Tim, who lives in Japan.

David was at the party but Tim had to join in the fun via Skype.

Norah was born just six days after the outbreak of World War One. She married Bill in March, 1939, shortly before the outbreak of world war two. They lived in Sanderstead, Surrey, before moving to Lindfield, West Sussex, when Bill retired in 1970.

After taking up bowls, they were both members of Lindfield Bowls Club and Norah was also involved with the Lindfield Women’s Institute.

She continued both of these interests after Bill died in 1991 and lived in the same bungalow in Lindfield until ill health in 2009 required her to move to Wykeham House.