Landmark day as St Neots resident celebrates 105th birthday

Norah Taylor, pictured on her 100th birthday.

Norah Taylor, pictured on her 100th birthday. - Credit: Archant

St Neots woman Norah Taylor celebrated her 105th birthday last Saturday.

Norah, who is a resident at Paxton Hall Care Home, in Little Paxton, celebrated her landmark birthday with her family, and staff at the home in Rampley Lane. Although she is quite frail now, Norah is still able to talk with her family.

She was the eldest and only surviving child of five and born in a house in Cambridge Street in St Neots where her father was head gardener. She was married to her husband Bob for 65 years and the couple lived in Avenue Road and had one daughter, Janet. Bob, who passed away in 2000, and Norah were involved with the St Neots carnival for many years and Norah enjoyed voluntary work, including selling poppies for the Royal British Legion.

Daughter Janet Hildrew, said: “Mum lived with us until she was 97 and then she had a fall and became quite frail. We know she is not the oldest person in the country, but we are not sure whether she might be the oldest person in the county. She has never smoked or drunk and she rarely went to the doctor or took any medication.”

Norah has three grandsons and five great-grandchildren.

The oldest person recorded in England was Charlotte Hughes who died in 1993, aged 115 and 228 days. On June 9, 2015, Nazer Singh, from Sunderland, celebrated his 111th birthday with a pint of Stellar and a whisky chaser.