105 not out for brilliant Beatrice

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HAPPY birthday to Beatrice Harvey, who is one of the oldest women in the country and has just celebrated her 105th birthday at a care home in Hucknall.

Beatrice, of Hallcroft Care Home on the town’s Croft Avenue, celebrated her very special birthday last Friday.

To put her amazing longevity into context, 1907 was also the year when Sir Robert Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scouts in England and the priceless Cullinan Diamond was presented to King Edward VII on his birthday.

Beatrice was born in Kimberley and spent most of her life there. She moved to Annesley Lodge Care Home on Annesley Road, Hucknall at the age of 93 and transferred to Hallcroft a few years later.

After leaving school, Beatrice was employed at a leather works in Giltbrook and her last place of employment was Blanchards Bakery in Watnall.

Her husband, Sam, who was a miner at Moorgreen Colliery for many years, died in the early 1980s.

Beatrice has two daughters, Maureen Webster and Edith Turner, and a son, Albert Harvey, who are all in their seventies. Maureen is a resident of Nuthall while Edith and Albert both live in the Westville area of Hucknall. There are also five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Many cards received by Beatrice include one from the Queen and one sent by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

Hucknall Conservative MP Mark Spencer called to see Beatrice on her big day to present her with a bouquet and other visitors included Coun Kevin Rostance, a Hucknall Conservative member of Notts County Council.

Entertainment at the birthday party was provided by popular country music duo Jane and Greg. Buffet refreshments included a gorgeous birthday cake.

Edith later said: “My mum thoroughly enjoyed the party and it was certainly a day to remember.”

One little secret revealed at the event is that Beatrice likes the occasional glass of sherry.

n OUR PHOTO shows Beatrice celebrating the milestone with daughter Edith Turner — DISPIC NHUD12-2469-2