Betty’s wish comes true thanks to Bourne firefighters

Birthday girl Betty Noble gets a hug from Bourne firefighters
Birthday girl Betty Noble gets a hug from Bourne firefighters

A CHEEKY centenarian requested a visit from men in uniform to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Betty Noble, a resident of Digby Court care home in Bourne, reached the grand age on Wednesday and she wanted to mark the day in style.

A day earlier, another resident at the home, Hugh Eaton, had celebrated his 100th birthday.

Betty spent the afternoon with retained firefighters from Bourne, after enjoying the morning of her birthday out with her son Michael, 68, who came over from Toronto for the special occasion.

Activities co-ordinator at the home, Maria Fryer, asked Betty what she wanted to do for her birthday.

She said: “Betty said she wanted some nice young men in uniform so I wrote to the fire station, and they said yes,”

Betty said: “I had a wonderful time.”

Bourne fire station watch manager James Shawley said the crew were happy to visit.

He said: “It is not every day you meet someone who is 100.

“She is very lively for her age and it was nice to meet her.”

Betty, who has lived at Digby Court for eight years, also marked her birthday with a trip to watch her favourite football team, Lincoln City play on Saturday, courtesy of the Wish Tree Fund.

Maria said: “She had a four-course meal, got to choose the man of the match – Danny Hone – and hasn’t stopped talking about it since.”

Betty was also treated to a party at the home and spent the evening of her birthday partying with members of her family.

Son Michael said: “She is a remarkable woman.”

Betty said she couldn’t feel better. When asked what the secret to a long life is, she said: “Be happy, smile and think of other people.

“I also enjoy a whisky every night.”

Born Betty Third in Canada in 1911, she moved to Scotland in 1932 and married James Noble in Aberdeen on Christmas Day, 1935. She was well-known as a horsewoman and Scottish country dancer in her younger days. After her husband died sh moved to Bourne to be near her daughter Joyce, 71.

Betty also has four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Betty was not the only one to celebrate her 100th birthday at the home this week. Hugh Eaton was 100 on Tuesday and also had a wonderful day.

Retired members of Stamford Gilbert and Sullivan Society travelled to the home in Bourne to perform for him on his birthday.

Hugh, a Gilbert and Sullivan fan, has enjoyed several days of celebrations. His card from The Queen arrived on Saturday and he attended Bourne Baptist Church on Sunday where he cut a cake and shared it.

After church, Hugh went with family and friends to his favourite Chinese restaurant in South Street, and on Monday friends from Canada went to visit him.

His big party was held at the home on Tuesday.

Born In Sheffield, Hugh lived in Stockport for many years. He served in the army in India and Burma during the Second World War and for much of his life worked for a company buying scrap metal and selling it to foundries.

Hugh’s wife Phyllis died several years ago as did his adopted son Charles. He moved to Bourne at the age of 90 to be near his son Ralph, 64. He has four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Hugh said he used to brew wine and lager but had now gone off drink.

“As for champagne, its only useful for launching ships. Otherwise it’s rubbish,” he said.