Published: Monday 16th December 2019
Dorothy Ellison, born in Wigan in 1919, has celebrated her 100thbirthday this week, marking the special day with a lunch joined by friends and family at Ash Tree House care home in Hindley. Dorothy was also joined by surprise guest, the Lord Mayor of Wigan, Councillor Steve Dawber, who personally delivered Dorothy’s telegram from the Queen.
Dorothy and her family moved to Shaw Street in Swinley when she was aged 10. She lived in the same family home for nearly 90 years before moving into Ash Tree House in 2018. Dorothy spent most of her career working for Coops as a seamstress, however during the Second World War Dorothy left Coops to help the war effort checking explosive caps in an ammunition factory.
Dorothy’s celebrations began with a surprise Facetime call from her goddaughter in Australia, followed by a buffet-style lunch before meeting Lord Mayor, Steve Dawber. Later on, in the evening Dorothy was joined by more family and friends for tea and cake.
Dorothy is very popular among the residents at Ash Tree House and her friends at the home all signed a card for her and gathered round to sing ‘happy birthday’ when she was presented with her cake.
Dorothy said ‘I am very appreciative for the staff putting this party together and making me feel so special. I really enjoyed meeting the Mayor too, I was completely shocked to see him’.
Lorraine Leigh, Lifestyle Manager at Ash Tree House, said: ‘Dorothy is a wonderful lady who is very kind natured and always considers others before herself. It has been my pleasure to organise and celebrate this milestone birthday with her. I am very lucky I get to work with such fantastic people every day!’