BELIEVED to be one of the oldest people in the whole country, Bulwell resident Dorothy Baldwin is celebrating her 111th birthday today (Friday).
The incredible Dorothy is a resident of Springfield Nursing Home on Lawton Drive, where she has lived for seven years.
When Dorothy was born in 1902, Queen Victoria had died in the previous year and the Boer War was still being fought.
That year also saw the London premiere of Elgar’s patriotic song, ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, and the formation of Manchester United Football Club.
Dorothy is a year older than the Dispatch, which was launched in 1903.
Born in the Carrington area of Nottingham, Dorothy -- who never married -- is a lifelong resident of the city and went to High Pavement School.
It was during the week before the end of the First World War when Dorothy started work at the London City Bank, later re-named the Midland Bank, on Alfreton Road, Nottingham. She went on to complete 38 years’ service there as a cashier.
Taught the piano from an early age, Dorothy was a talented musician and played in Nottingham Symphony Orchestra. She also became an Associate of London College of Music.
A keen motorist into her eighties, Dorothy began driving before tests were introduced and she loved to visit Skegness, Scarborough and Belvoir Castle, leicestershire.
A relative of Dorothy, Derek Hazelwood, of Oxfordshire, who regularly visited her, has now died but Derek’s wife, Kay (84), has kept in touch with her.
Dorothy claims it is ‘just my luck’ that she has reached such a remarkably big age, although she previously put her longevity down to doses of cabbage water,
A spokeswoman at Springfield said: “Everyone here is very proud of Dorothy. She is a wonderful lady.”