By KLTV Newsdesk –
In a wonderful showcase of celebration, A great-grandmother in Kirklees has received over a hundred cards from across the UK and abroad wishing her a happy 100th birthday.
Marion Binner, a resident at Aden View Care Home, Perseverance Street, Primrose Hill, Huddersfield, was inundated with 124 birthday cards from her hometown and even further afield.
The care home staff knew it was a special occasion, and posted an appeal for cards and well wishes on social media a few days prior.
Soon after, cards wishing Marion a happy birthday began arriving from all over the UK, including Leicestershire and Kent, and even more surprisingly, from places overseas such as Alabama, USA.
She also received her customary special telegram from the Queen. Residents and staff at Aden View’s sister home, Willowdene Care Home, in Hebburn, near Newcastle, also sent cards.
The centenarian received flowers and presents from her family, who made a window visit to see Marion on her special day, when the home held a party.
Resident enjoyed a dance, as well as party food, and a special appearance from Drag Queen Miss Fish, the alter ego of bank care assistant Ian Nugent, who kept everyone entertained.
Marion shared with everyone her specially made birthday cake, decorated and designed with edible flowers and make-up.
Home is where the heart is
Born 16th March 1921, Marion has lived in Primrose Hill her entire life, growing up with her brother and sister.
She worked for tennis ball manufacturer Slazenger before marrying twice and becoming a housewife.
She had four children with her husband Stanley Gibson, who was in the Royal Air Force. They now have four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
They enjoyed dancing together and Marion always took great pride in her hair and nails, a habit she has continued to this day.
Lauren Shipman, the activities coordinator at Aden View Care Home, said: “We wanted to make Marion’s 100th birthday extra special by inviting as many people as possible to send her cards wishing her a happy birthday.
“We were delighted when they started flooding in. We reached a grand total of 124 at last count, not including the telegram from the Queen.
“The party, hosted by drag queen Miss Fish, was greatly enjoyed by all the residents and we all sang happy birthday before Marion blew out the candles on her specially made cake.
“It was a fantastic day and a worthy celebration for such a lovely lady.”