104th birthday party for Poplars’ resident

Dorothy Oliver - aged 104 years
Dorothy Oliver - aged 104 years

It was time to party at The Poplars Care Home in Market Rasen as one of its residents celebrated her 104th birthday.

Dorothy Oliver only moved to The Poplars in the early autumn, having lived in her own bungalow at Horncastle until a fall forced the move.

She was born at Wragby and trained as a teacher.

Along with her husband Harold, Dorothy spent most of her life in farming at Ashby Puerorum, near Horncastle, and also at Salmonby.

The couple had two children - John and Margaret.

After Harold died in 1968, Dorothy continued to live at Salmonby, until moving to Horncastle when she retired.

Dorothy was a keen knitter over the years and is affectionately known as the ‘sock lady,’ having created dozens of pairs of the woolly foot warmers for lots of people.

Now, with bad eyesight, knitting is no longer possible, but Dorothy remains in good spirits, something that was evident at her birthday party held in the Warren Day Centre room at The Poplars.

Dorothy was joined by many of her friends and family, which now also contains five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, who went along to help her celebrate.