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Care home resident honoured during centenary celebrations

PUBLISHED: 09:28 14 October 2019 | UPDATED: 09:28 14 October 2019

Irene Pettman celebrates her 100th birthday in the tea room at Harleston House care home in Lowestoft, Picture: Harleston House

Irene Pettman celebrates her 100th birthday in the tea room at Harleston House care home in Lowestoft, Picture: Harleston House

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Staff, family and friends united at a Lowestoft care home as a popular resident celebrated her 100th birthday.

Irene Pettman celebrates her 100th birthday in the tea room at Harleston House care home in Lowestoft with her son and family. Picture: Harleston HouseIrene Pettman celebrates her 100th birthday in the tea room at Harleston House care home in Lowestoft with her son and family. Picture: Harleston House

A tea party was held at Harleston House in Lowestoft to mark Irene Pettman's 100th birthday on Thursday, October 10.

Surrounded by her family and friends at the home in Park Road where Irene has lived since 2013, her son Keith Pettman read out a telegram sent by The Queen for the momentous occasion.

Mrs Pettman grew up in Kenilworth, in Leamington Spa, with her family running a bakery in the town.

She spent her working life at Plummer's haberdashery department and at Boots the chemist.

Residents and staff sang to Irene as they celebrated her special day.

Gareth Harding, activities co-ordinator at the home which is owned and managed by Greensleeves Care and specialises in the care of people with complex needs as a result of living with dementia, said: "Irene loves to draw free hand and has produced some lovely pieces that she has on display in her bedroom at Harleston.

"Her son and close family had a private tea party in the home's tea room and the family became very emotional as they played a recording of Irene's mother to her.

"Irene has been living with a dementia and using this recording helped the family connect with her.

"Irene was taken by the card (from The Queen) but responded mostly to her large mug of Prosecco which tickled the family."

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