Zena toasts 100th birthday with family

Zena Gooding celebrates her 100th birthday at Sutton Manor Care Home.
Zena Gooding celebrates her 100th birthday at Sutton Manor Care Home.
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Music lover Zena may have just turned 100 but she has not lost her taste for the finer things in life.

Zena Gooding celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday (3rd November) surrounded by friends, family and a bottle of bubbly.

After getting married in 1941 in King’s Lynn, she had two sons, David and Bruce, with her late husband Len.

Chasing Len’s career as a journalist, the couple moved to Nottingham so he could work on the Nottingham Journal and Evening News in 1966.

While raising her two boys, Zena pursued her love of music by learning to play the keyboards and writing her own music.

Melissa Carter, activities coordinator at Sutton Manor Residential Home where Zena is now cared for, said: “We had a lovely day celebrating Zena’s 100th birthday. We all shared a glass of champagne and some lovely chocolates which are her favourite. The champagne went down a treat.”

Zena’s son David died in 1967. Son Bruce and his wife Hillary visited her with grandchildren Steven and Caroline on her birthday.