Earlier this week, staff and residents at Care South’s Elizabeth House care home in Parkstone had a brilliant time celebrating the 104th birthday of resident Lillian Grisedale, who has lived locally for the past 45 years.
Lillian celebrated her Titanic-themed birthday at the home, surrounded by staff and her fellow residents, among whom she is very popular. Talented local performers, The Land Girls, visited the home to wish Lillian a happy birthday and residents enjoyed a special buffet, followed by a slice of birthday cake decorated with a picture of the birthday girl herself!
Lillian was born on 28th May 1912, two years before the outbreak of the First World War in England, and spent her childhood in Islington, London. Leaving school at 16, she embarked on a career as a talented dressmaker, going on to make wedding dresses. Lillian married at the age of 38 and had a daughter, Barbara. When her husband retired in 1969, the couple moved to Poole, where Lillian has lived ever since. After her husband’s death in 1978, she took up walking a mile every day and did so right up until she was 94 years old.
Paul Beasley, Deputy Home Manager at Care South’s Elizabeth House, said: “We were delighted to host Lillian’s 104th birthday at the home. She has lots of friends at Elizabeth House among her fellow residents and we all wanted to make the day a special one for her. Everyone was very impressed with The Land Girls’ performance and couldn’t wait raise a toast to Lillian and wish her many happy returns!”