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Mum-of-10 Florence celebrates her 104th birthday

Florence Ludlow celebrates her 104th birthday with staff and family at the Woodside Care Home.

Florence Ludlow celebrates her 104th birthday with staff and family at the Woodside Care Home.

An “amazing” centenarian has celebrated her 104th birthday with a party in Padiham.

Florence Ludlow marked the milestone birthday alongside her family and friends at the Woodside Home for the Elderly.

The mother-of-ten, who is originally from Love Clough, welcomed dozens of guests to the bash and was showered with cards, gifts and a cake.

Her son Arnold, who travelled up from Dorset, was among her birthday visitors and said the celebration had brought a tear to Florence’s eye. He said: “It has been wonderful celebrating her birthday. She wept because she was so happy. I think she is very popular at Woodside.”

He continued: “My mum has got a really big family. She was the youngest of 14 children. She had 10 children and I am number nine.

“She has always been very active. She has persevered through her life and always worked hard – and she has produced that in us.”

Pauline O’Neill, registered manager at Woodside, said Florence has been at the Burnley Road home for four years and is still very independent.

“She likes her jewellery. She picks her own clothes out and everything has to match. She is very mobile and takes herself into the dining room.

“She is amazing for her age and looks really well. She certainly doesn’t look her age.”

Pauline added: “She had a really good birthday. She had a phone call with her 84-year-old daughter who is in New Zealand.

“She has quite a big family and people were coming in to see her all day.

“It was absolutely fantastic.”

 

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