Esme celebrates 100th birthday

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Esme Stimpson celebrated her 100th birthday with her three daughters, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren last Thursday.

Esme, who lives at Manson House, in Northgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, was born in Thurgaton Hall, Norfolk, on May 3 1912, one of the eight children of a farmer.

Esme went to school in Norwich more moving briefly to Dublin with her brother.

When she returned to England she moved to Sheringham, on the Norfolk coast, where she met her husband-to-be George Stimpson.

They moved to Church Farm, in Witchingham, where Esme was very active in the local community looking after St Mary’s Church and fund-raising for the Royal British Legion.

Esme said the most dramatic changes over the 100 years had been those caused by the increased availability of electricity and the freedom of movement granted by aeroplanes, ships and cars.

Esme received more than 70 cards for her birthday, including one from the Queen.

She celebrated with a lunch with residents of Manson Houseand a special meal with her family.

She said: “I have had a lovely day from before I woke up. The night staff were in to say happy birthday which was lovely and I’m looking forward to the party with my family and lunch with the other residents.”