Leyland’s Norah celebrates 100th birthday
ONE of the borough’s oldest residents celebrated her 100th birthday in style today, with the help of the Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble.
Norah Finch, from Leyland, marked the milestone occasion with a party at Leyland Day Centre in King Street.
As well as the Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble, Mick and Carole Titherington, who popped in with a birthday card and flowers, Norah also welcomed guests all the way from Australia.
Norah’s son, Glen Finch, and his wife Susan flew to the UK along with their sons Mark and Andrew (Norah’s grandsons) to make sure she became a centenarian in the company of all her family and friends. Norah’s other son Jeremy and his wife Cathy (from the UK) also attended.
Norah’s actual birthday was on Tuesday (2 January), which she marked with a family meal. Then at the weekend she celebrated with a bigger party for extended family and friends at Leyland Golf Club.
Norah, who worked as a weaver before marrying and raising her family, said: “It’s been wonderful. I got a birthday card from the Queen which was lovely, and I got quite a few cards from my family. We had a brilliant time on Saturday at the golf club, and then we all gathered here at the day centre today. I like coming here, as I do on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays, because I enjoy the social aspect.”
On the secret to getting to 100, Norah said: “I’ve always been active – even into my 90s. When I was younger, I used to ride a bike four times a day, taking the kids to and from school. Staying active is really important.”
Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Mick Titherington, said: “I didn’t believe that Norah was 100! She manages incredibly well for her age – mentally and physically, she is strong, willing, and able. I would like to wish her a very happy birthday from me, Carole, and the whole of South Ribble.”
Norah’s son Jeremy Finch said: “By way of a birthday present, we asked friends and relatives if they could donate money to Leyland Day Centre, which cares so admirably for my mother and many other elderly residents. I’m pleased to announce that we raised £300 for the centre, and I’d just like to thank everyone for their donations.”