A private party was held at a Colne nursing home to mark the 100th birthday of a much-loved resident.
Clara Pulford celebrated the milestone date in style - as she was joined by around 12 family members and friends at Peel Gardens, in Vivary Way. The former Blackburn and Burnley mill worker had a fabulous time, as she was treated to a buffet, plenty of presents and a special delivery from the Queen and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith.
Her niece Sandra Dean (61), from Burnley, said: “She had a really really good time, Clara is a wonderful lady - very very special. She hasn’t got a bad word to say about anybody, and she’s very caring and generous.
We are so blessed that she has been with us so long. She got a card with a picture of the Queen on the front, and she was really happy with that.”
Bingo fan Mrs Pulford moved to Burnley at a young age, but moved back to her birth town of Blackburn when she married in 1957.
She moved to Palace House Care Home, in Burnley, following the death of her husband Arthur, and has at Peel Gardens for the past four years. Before marrying, she showed off her loving nature by spending time living with her sister and niece.
Mrs Dean, a mother-of-one, explained: “When Uncle Arthur asked her to marry him, and she said no originally. When I was 18-months-old my father died, so Clara moved in with mum to help. She said to Arthur ‘You’ll have to wait’, and he waited luckily.
“My mum re-married in 1957, so Clara married Arthur as well. They loved each other to bits, and with Arthur working in railways, they were always visiting lots of different places, like Ireland and Bournemouth. She has always been like a mum to me.”