Perfect century for 100-year-old resident

  • 26th November 2019
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Perfect century for 100-year-old resident

Castles & Coasts Housing Association surprised one of its oldest residents with a gift hamper to help her mark a landmark birthday.

Family and friends descended on the small village of Ravenstonedale this week to celebrate Noreen Thwaites turning 100.

The great grandmother has been a resident with CCHA for the past 33 years, after she and husband Richard retired from their farm to the picturesque Cumbrian village in 1986.

The housing association helped Mrs Thwaites - who for decades raised cattle and sheep with her husband in nearby Sedbergh – celebrate the milestone with a huge bouquet of carnations and a hamper of luxury treats.

CCHA Customer Services Manager, Pamela Armstrong, said: “Mrs Thwaites has been a resident of ours for well over three decades and is such a lovely, warm individual. We simply couldn’t let such a significant birthday pass without giving her a small token to mark this special occasion.

“It was great to see so many cards and bouquets of flowers in Mrs Thwaites’ home – she’s clearly much loved and appreciated by her large family.”

Mrs Thwaites, who has five children, 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren, said: “It has been a lovely few days and I’ve received some really nice gifts.

“I’m looking forward to a party at the weekend where it will be nice to celebrate with my family and friends.”

A keen knitter, Mrs Thwaites only recently stopped making hand knitted hats and scarves for Christmas charity boxes.

Her daughter, Hazel Pratt, said: “The family have always lived in the same area around Sedbergh and when they retired it was important for my parents to stay where they were happy and part of a community.

“Mum has been so happy in Ravenstonedale for the past 33 years and it’s really nice of Castles & Coasts to provide such a generous gift to mark her 100th birthday.”