Centenarian celebrates birthday at care home

Hilda Pearce seated and her long time friend, 99-year-old Norah.
Hilda Pearce seated and her long time friend, 99-year-old Norah.

Centenarian Hilda Pearce celebrated her milestone birthday with family and friends.

Hilda, who lives at Londesborough Court, in Market Weighton, recently turned 100-years-old and the care home organised a party for her to mark the occasion. She also received a telegram from the Queen. Among those who attended Hilda’s party was her 99-year-old friend Norah, who she has been friends with since the Second World War.

Home manager Chris Sketchley said: “She seemed to really enjoy it. There were about 20 people who attended, her family and friends.”

Born Hilda Dobson, of Thorpe Thowles, Stockton-on-Tees, she went to school and college in Stockton before starting work in Bradford as an accounts clerk. There she met Arthur Pearce and they married in September 1939.

Arthur served in the Army in France and India while Hilda worked in a support role for the Army at Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire.

After the war Arthur returned to his job as a furniture salesman and they set up home in Accrington where their son James was born. They then moved to York where Hilda returned to work as an accounts clerk at Barron & Barron.

After retirement they settled in Londesborough where Hilda was active in the WI, the church in the village and she and Arthur were regular members of the Tuesday rambling group.

They moved to Londesborough Court Care Home in 2010 where Hilda has remained a resident after Arthur died a few years ago.