An animal lover celebrated her 103rd birthday surrounded by all creatures great and small at a Sanctuary Care home in St John’s, Worcester.
Norah Harris marked her milestone birthday on Friday (10 November) with a ‘Norah’s Ark’ themed celebration at Juniper House Residential Care Home.
Animal loving Norah
Speaking of her milestone birthday, Norah said: “I really do not feel any different or even 103. I am very pleased to still be here and am so grateful for all of my family.”
Having spent her 100th birthday at West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley, the team at Juniper decided this year, to bring the wildlife to Norah in the comfort of the home, welcoming an array of animals, including friendly alpacas, Magic and Crusader.
The birthday girl added: “The alpaca’s were beautiful, although at first I did not know what they were! The staff always make such an effort to make my day special.”
Born in Birmingham to parents Francis and Mary-Ellen – both originally from Ireland – Norah grew up in Selly Oak and was an only child. Sadly, her father was killed in the Battle of the Somme during the First World War when she was just two years old.
Love at first sight!
In 1936 Norah met husband-to-be Arthur on what was locally known as the Monkey Run in Selly Oak – a street where boys walked down one side and girls the other, in the hope that they might see someone who took their fancy - so it was literally love at first sight!
The couple had two daughters, Meryl and Patricia, - Patricia sadly died several years ago, nine months before their son William passed away.
During the Second World War Arthur was killed in service in 1945 on the border of Germany and Holland when Meryl was just two years old. Norah’s mother helped to raise the children while she worked to make enough money to look after them.
Norah spent most of her life drilling in factories in and around the Birmingham area, before she moved to Droitwich to be closer to Meryl.
“She is amazing; there is no doubt about it”
Speaking of her mother, Meryl said: “She is amazing, there is no doubt about it – she is on top form.
“She has always been such a good mum and worked hard. She has always been so strong.”
Home manager, Cindy Hawkins commented: “Norah is such a huge character in our home. She is such a witty remarkable lady and we are very lucky to have her here with us.”