Special tributes as 'inspiring' Bulwell lady Laurie turns 103
More than 50 neighbours of Laurene (Laurie) Carter, who could be Bulwell's oldest resident, assembled outside her home this week to wish her a happy 103rd birthday.
Laurie spent her early years in Hucknall and has lived at the same house in Bulwell for more than 80 years.
She and her husband, Eric, who died 30 years ago, were married at St Mary's Church in Bulwell.
In her younger days, Laurie worked at Peter Kellam's, the former hairdressing salon on Commercial Road, Bulwell.
Her son, Ashley, of Bedfordshire, is arguably the country's top exam setter in Latin and she has a grandson, Miles, who lives in New Zealand.
One of Laurie's neighbours, Nottingham Honorary Alderman Jackie Morris, baked cakes for the celebration to mark Laurie's big day.
She said: "I have known Laurie for 40 years and have never known her to say a bad word about anybody.
"She has a heart of gold and gives generous support to the local food bank.
"She is an inspiration to everyone and is much loved."
Other cakes presented to Laurie included one from the new owners of Bulwell Hall golf course.
Eight-year-old Mia Hodgkin and 10 year-old Maisie Frost, who both live near Laurie, read a speech they had written for her, describing her as 'an incredibly kind lady'.
Laurie, who still goes to St John's Church in Bulwell, told the neighbours: "I pray for you all every day.
"I pray that the Lord will look after you and protect you all.
"Love is the greatest blessing and millionaires can't buy it."