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Great-great-grandmother celebrates 100th birthday

Grace Witherden

Grace Witherden

Great-great-grandmother celebrates 100th birthday

A great-great-grandmother ‘born and bred’ in Maidenhead celebrated her 100th birthday with a tea party on Saturday with five generations of Maidonians present.

Nora Saw celebrated the occasion with more than 100 friends and family at the Meadowbank care home in Braywick Road and was even given birthday wishes by Maidenhead MP Theresa May.

Nora was born on May 7, 1916. Her mother Fanny was from a big family in Maidenhead, and her father George, originally from Princes Risborough, was a master bricklayer who helped build Maidenhead Town Hall.

Nora went to East Street Infant School and later worked as a floor housekeeper at the Esso Motor Home Hotel, which is now the Holiday Inn just off Shoppenhangers Road.

She married her husband Stanley in November 1934 after the couple met on Maidenhead High Street, just outside where The Bear is today.

Nora said: “I was born and bred in Maidenhead and so was my mother.

“I’ve always worked hard, and I was a strict housekeeper at the hotel.”

Nora and Stanley lived in Badger Close for more than 60 years.

They had one daughter, Maureen who sadly passed away, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and nine great -great -grandchildren.

Nora received her birthday card from the Queen on Saturday, but it is not the first time she has received royal post after she and Stanley received their diamond and platinum anniversary telegrams from the Queen.

Lorraine Wilkinson, Nora’s oldest granddaughter, said: “The tea party was absolutely fabulous and we had family attend from Bradford to Devon.

“Nora was still living at home up until six months ago and going up and down the stairs, but now she is at Meadowbank.”

The family have often appeared in the Advertiser, with Nora’s mother Fanny Quelch appearing on the front page in 1980 and Lorraine has also appeared on the pages dancing the can-can.


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