Bloomin' Nora '“ 105 and still up for a party!
A party was held at Tweed View Care Home in Berwick on Saturday to celebrate the 105th birthday of Nora Sanderson.
She received numerous cards, including one from the Queen, and best wishes from former Newcastle United footballer Peter Beardsley.
She was born in 1911, the year after her beloved Magpies won the FA Cup for the first time.
Beardsley, a coach and club ambassador for the St James’ Park side, said: “There have been many ups and downs following the Magpies in your lifetime but it’s never been dull.
“I am delighted to hear you are such a huge fan and still keeping in touch with all things Newcastle United.”
Mayor of Berwick Hazel Bettison and Sheriff Ian Hay were among the guests at her party.
Councillor Bettison, speaking at the town council’s meeting on Monday night, said: “She was brilliant. She sang her heart out throughout and, a woman after my own heart, would shout ‘Howay Newcastle!’.
Nora has settled well into Tweed View after moving there last year when Seton Hall in Tweedmouth closed.
Her son, Eddie, sent his best wishes from the United States, along with a selection of photographs from her younger days.
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She has travelled to California several times to see her son and grandson.
One of her favorite things to do was to sit in the hot tub in the evening at her son’s mountain-top Laurel Canyon home looking at the lights over Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.
While there, she visited Joan Collins at her Beverly Hills home ( Joan is godmother to Eddie’s son Scott ), Mexico, San Francisco and San Diego.
When she visited Larry Hagman ( JR in TV’s Dallas) at his Malibu home, they spent a lot of time talking about recipes with homegrown food.
She also met various famous actors when Eddie, a well-known photographer, took her onto a film set.
Nora, originally from the Ashington area, moved to Main Street, Spittal, with her mother, and was there when bombs fell on the row of houses opposite during the war.
She married Eddie Sanderson, fire chief for Berwick and north Northumberland, and lived in Etal Road.
She was a keen gardener, an active member of Berwick Floral Art Club, and took part in many horticultural shows.