Celebrations went down a storm for the 102nd birthday of great-grandmother Dorothy Newton who was a whirlwind of activity in her home village.

A fine fun day was forecast to mark the marvellous milestone for Dorothy who was a stalwart of Saxilby, where she lived for more than 90 years.

With interests ranging from nursing to needlework, Dorothy was at the heart of life in the village where she worked and raised her family.

And she was centre stage on April 3 when guests and staff gathered for a party at The Grove Care Centre, Skellingthorpe, which has been her home for seven years.

She has lived through the reign of four English monarchs and survived two world wars. And England’s longest-serving monarch – our own Queen Elizabeth 11 – is expected to be among those sending birthday greetings.

Aged 16, Dorothy trained as a nurse at St John’s Hospital for mental health, Bracebridge Heath, where she worked until she married Harold, a welder, in 1936.

The couple’s daughter Madeleine was born a year later and their son, Stewart, arrived in 1947.

Harold’s working life was spent at the Ruston-Bucyrus factory making tanks and agricultural machinery in Lincoln and he was also a night school teacher at Riseholme Farm Institute for agricultural education.

Dorothy worked at the Rose Bearings factory in Saxilby and did various cleaning jobs in the village after giving up nursing to raise her children. She was also a prominent member of many community groups, including Saxilby Methodist Church and the local Women’s Institute.

Her hobbies included embroidery, knitting and flower arranging and examples of her handiwork won prizes at the Lincolnshire Show. She also enjoyed playing whist, reading and going to dances with her husband.

Dorothy, who has been a widow for 30 years, has three grandchildren – Sarah, aged 49, Lisa, aged 45, and Mark, aged 42 – and four great-grandchildren Katie, aged 16, James, aged 11, Isabel aged 7, and Caitlin, aged 8. Her daughter sadly died two years ago.

Members of her family visited The Grove with a birthday cake and presents on the morning of Monday April 3 before the home put on a party with entertainment in the afternoon.

Dorothy’s daughter-in-law Carol Newton said: “She was quite a live wire and was involved in organising all sorts of things. Lots of people in the village still remember her.

“It used to wear me out just thinking about what she used to do, even though I was younger. She did the most wonderful embroidery, knitting and flower arranging and used to get her grandchildren involved in baking cakes.

“She was always a very active lady and regularly went on holiday until she was 95 when she broke her arm in a fall and had to move to the care home.

“She’s been very happy at The Grove and the people who look after her there are lovely.”

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