A great great grandmother who has devoted her life to her family will celebrate her 102nd birthday tomorrow.

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Dolly Daniels, who lives in Springdale Care Home at Brundall, will celebrate her birthday with a cake and small party with her friends and family.

Mrs Daniels, who has four children Betty, Sylvia, Peter and Eddie, nine grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren, worked as a children’s nurse at Heydon, near Aylsham.

Aged 23, she married Billy, who worked in the steel industry and they spent most of their married life in Poringland before he died in 1977 from pancreatic cancer.

She then moved to Norwich to be closer to her family.

“I have lived at Springdale for two years now and I love it here. The staff couldn’t treat me any better. I decided when I was 100 that it would be best to move to a home,” said Mrs Daniels, who lived in Clancy Road on the Heartsease Estate. “I bought the council house I lived in so I was a first time buyer when I was 75-years-old.”

Mrs Daniels, who has 11 brothers and sisters and more than 100 nieces and nephews, said that the secret to being 102 and healthy was a sensible diet.

“I feel my age,” she said. “I have had a long and happy life. I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables and my husband used to spend all of his time in the garden growing food for us to eat.

Mrs Daniels also said keeping busy was the key to a long life.

“I do a lot of knitting. I have knitted scarves for all of the carers at the home and for my grandchildren – I have made about 100.

“I used to sew caravan covers for my family and dresses, suits and caps for my children.”

Her son Peter said: “She is the best mother in the world, we couldn’t ask for more. We call her Queen Bee.

“To be a pensioner and still have your mother is a privilege.”

Do you know someone who is celebrating their 100th birthday? Call Rosa McMahon on 01603 772495 or email rosa.mcmahon@archant.co.uk

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  • As one of Dolly's 18 great grandchildren I can vouch at just how amazing she is, proper legend. Mh boyfriend has a scarf knitted by her :-) Much love to my Grandma xxx

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