Published: Monday 9th December 2019
Elsie Simmons, a resident at Ebor Court care home in Nether Poppleton, York, has celebrated her 100th birthday this week, marking the occasion with a party featuring some sweet surprises due to her lifelong passion for chocolate. As well as Elsie’s family, friends and fellow residents, also joining in the celebrations was Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Janet Looker, who personally delivered Elsie’s telegram from the Queen.
Elsie, originally from York and who has four children, worked at the iconic Terry’s factory in York for 10 years, first as a cleaner and then on the production line and her love of chocolate has stayed with her throughout her retirement. To celebrate, staff at Ebor Court reached out to York Chocolate Story who donated a delicious chocolate ‘100’ plaque for Elsie’s special day.
Olivia Bolt from York Chocolate Story, the museum which recognises York’s chocolate-making history said: “Chocolate has been at the heart of York’s heritage for years and is an industry which has created employment for many York residents. Whilst Terry’s is sadly no longer a part of the city, we thought it was fitting for the chocolate experts in York to celebrate Elsie’s milestone birthday, to mark the years of service she’s given.”
Elsie who has been a resident at Ebor Court since January 2018, said: “It’s been such a wonderful day and I’ve loved creating and sharing memories with my family and friends. I can’t thank the staff at Ebor Court enough for making all of this possible.”
Susie Carman, Lifestyle Manager at Ebor Court, said: “We wanted to create some lovely memories for Elsie on her special birthday. Elsie is such a social lady and we knew she would love a party with her friends and family, plus a sing-song to all the classics with one of her favourite performers, Abigale Hall. We are also delighted with the generosity of York’s Chocolate Story the chocolate plaque was a hit with Elsie and we are so pleased she enjoyed her special day!’