Poignant return for Elizabeth

CELEBRATING a 100th birthday is always special, but the occasion was particularly poignant for one centenarian.Elizabeth Moore marked the occasion with friends and family on Friday at Browston Hall where she worked as a housekeeper in the 1920s.

CELEBRATING a 100th birthday is always special, but the occasion was particularly poignant for one centenarian.

Elizabeth Moore marked the occasion with friends and family on Friday at Browston Hall where she worked as a housekeeper in the 1920s.

Mrs Moore was born in the village on December 11 1909 and worked at the hall during the 1920s when it was a private house.

One of six children, she later moved to Weymouth before returning to Norfolk. Younger brother, 89 year old Eddie was amongst friends and family attending the party.

During the second world war she worked for the armed forces catering services and met husband Albert who was serving as a RAF technician.

The couple married in 1943, setting up home in Norwich after the war where Mr Moore worked as a charge hand for British Rail and had three children Sandra, Glenda and John.

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Widowed in 1991, Mrs Moore still lives in her own home and has five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A passionate Norwich City fan she also enjoyed knitting and sewing and is a vegetarian and teetotaller.

Son John said: “Mum puts her long life down to home grown vegetables and plenty of exercise. She still keeps active and has an excellent memory. There is not a day goes by where she doesn't see anyone.

“The hall hasn't changed that much since mum worked there and there is still a stove there that she remembers cleaning.”