Dorrie celebrates 108th birthday in style

Dorrie Richards at Whitefriars, Stamford, who celebrated her 108th birthday on 15th December 2011
Dorrie Richards at Whitefriars, Stamford, who celebrated her 108th birthday on 15th December 2011
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A 108-year-old celebrated her birthday with cake, balloons and even a pantomime yesterday.

Dorrie Richards is a resident at Whitefriars Care Home in St George’s Avenue, Stamford, where her birthday coincided with the annual Christmas party.

Her family, including three-month old Layla Richards, joined her at the home to celebrate her birthday and join in the fun.

Her son Philip, of Lonsdale Road, Stamford, said: “Mother is quite restricted to what she does these days so it was nice for her to have the family around her.”

Dorrie and her husband Stanley-John Richards had three sons and she has seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The couple moved to Stamford from Northampton in 1941 and Stanley-John owned SJ Richards Opticians in St Mary’s Street until he died in 1961.

Dorrie spent her working life travelling up and down the country sourcing pottery from manufacturers for her shop Modern Trend which was in St Mary’s Hill, Stamford.

In 1961 Dorrie was one of the first tradesmen to sign up for a stall at Burghley Horse Trials and she continued to go every year until about 10 years ago.

Philip said: “She walked the course every year for decades and when she couldn’t walk it she went in her electric wheelchair much to everyone’s surprise.

“She still keeps an eye on the horse trials every year for the results.”

Dorrie’s sister Marjorie Ruddle who lives in Peterborough is 104.