104...and still counting for birthday girl

104-year-old Marjorie Ormston.
104-year-old Marjorie Ormston.

Birthday girl Marjorie Ormston needed a big birthday cake to celebrate her special day on Monday – because there had to be room to fit 104 candles on it.

And the great grandmother of eight, who is a resident at Broomhill’s Heatherdale Residential Care Home, says she feels just the same as ever.

Described as ‘very independent’ by her carers, Marjorie told the Gazette that there was no secret to her long life.

She celebrated her birthday with her family and had a big party at the residential home on Tuesday.

She was born in August 1909, one of five daughters, and lived all her life in West Thirston. She there until moving to Heatherdale in November 2007.

She attended Girl Guides from a young age. If she was naughty, her mother would stop her going as a punishment.

Marjorie married James Ormston in Felton in 1935. He passed away in 1986, aged 79.

They had one son, Keith. She also has three grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

In the early 1960s, she founded the Thirston Over 60s Club and was secretary for 30 years.

Marjorie was involved in the WI and attended the Royal Albert Hall as an advocate.

Marjorie used to homebake, as well as making and icing wedding cakes. She is very proud to say that she made and decorated the wedding cake for John Fenwick, of Fenwick’s Newcastle, and went to his reception at the Station Hotel.