A great-grandmother, whose motto is to ‘just keep going’, has celebrated her 106th birthday.
Linda Rumsby received her seventh telegram from the Queen and second telegram from the Houses of Parliament to mark the milestone.
Joined by family and friends, she celebrated with a party at Priorsmead care home, in Thetford, where she is the oldest resident.
Her daughter-in-law Juliana Bunning, of Lakenheath, said: “She’s very independent and still has a lovely sense of humour. At her party she was singing songs she learnt as a child. For her age she’s fantastic and the home she’s in is brilliant. She’s always had fantastic health.”
Born in Norwich, Mrs Rumsby was a farmer’s daughter and worked on the land from a very young age.
She was also a nursery nurse and became a land girl during the World War Two.
The mother-of-two lived in sheltered accommodation in Sheringham until she was 100 before moving in with her son Peter, 85, and daughter-in-law Juliana. She then lived in Lakenheath Village Home and, when it closed, moved into Priorsmead with her friend Marjorie Neal.
Sarah Shannon, team leader, said: “She’s a real dream and is almost completely independent.”