Ex Nelson barmaid celebrates her 104th birthday

Centurions Eva Dixon (102) and right Nora Waddington (100) celebrate with Norah Lewis (centre) on her 104 birthday at the Marsden Grange Home for Elderly. A300111/5

Centurions Eva Dixon (102) and right Nora Waddington (100) celebrate with Norah Lewis (centre) on her 104 birthday at the Marsden Grange Home for Elderly. A300111/5

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THERE was a double cause for celebrations at Marsden Grange Care Home, Nelson, this week.

Resident Mrs Norah Lewis celebrated her 104th birthday.

And the weekend also marked the 25th anniversary of the opening of the home in Barkerhouse Road.

Among the guests on the day were the Mayor and Mayoress of Pendle, Coun. Tony and Mrs Margaret Beckett, and Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson.

Mrs Lewis was born in Barrowford and attended SS Peter and Paul RC School in the village before working as a weaver.

When she retired from the mill, she began working as a barmaid at the Station Hotel and the Hour Glass pubs in Nelson, something she did until she was in her 80s.

She remained independent until she was 100, living in the Carr Road area of Nelson and telling us on her 100th birthday she did not want to move to a care home.

However, later in 2007 she had to move to Marsden Grange and received a good number of messages of congratulation at Sunday’s celebrations.