Thrill-seeking Nora hits 100 with daredevil celebrations

Nora Brier has just turned 100 years old ANL-140610-092117009
Nora Brier has just turned 100 years old ANL-140610-092117009
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An adventure hungry great-grandmother celebrated her 100th birthday by looping the loop in a glider before speeding at 115 mph on a race track.

Self described ‘adrenaline junkie’ Nora Brier, of Hopton marked her centenary by fulfilling her long held daredevil ambitions - first performing stunts at 11,000 ft in a glider at Wattisham Airfield.

Nora Brier celebrated her 100th birthday by doing a loop the loop in a glider ANL-140810-152342001

Nora Brier celebrated her 100th birthday by doing a loop the loop in a glider ANL-140810-152342001

Then at Snetterton Race Track she went on a high speed lap in a Peugeot RCZ R but just one wasn’t enough for thrill-seeking Nora.

“They said ‘would you like to go again?’. I said ‘a little bit faster please’ so we went at about 115mph. It was great,” she laughs.

Mrs Brier likes to do something notable for her birthday and has previously taken on a hot air balloon ride, microlight and helicopter flights as well as a ride on a Harley-Davidson trike.

Daughter Kay Draper, 58, of Wiltshire said: “Nothing phases her at all.

“If I told her we’re going to strap you to a biplane and do a wing walk she would be quite happy.

“She was always very busy and had lots of energy. She used to hurtle from place to place in a blur.

“My dad was very ill when I was in my 20s and she cared for him and gave her time to others. It’s only in the last 20 to 30 years she’s had time for herself.”

She thinks it is her mother’s ‘thirst for life and adventure’ which helps her keep going.

Finningham-born Mrs Brier, who is also a keen gardener, added: “I don’t feel any older.

“All my life I’ve trusted the Lord and he’s helped me and I’ve just done each day as it comes along.”

She celebrated her birthday with about 125 family and friends at a party in Rickinghall.

She has two daughters, three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Asked if there are any other stunts she would like to try, Mrs Brier said: “I seem to have done them all now. I can’t think of anything else.”