A remarkable Bedford resident reached her 100th birthday this week receiving a visit from the Deputy Lord Lieutenant who handed her a card and gift.
Marjorie Park, born in Yorkshire on April 8, 1914, made the decison to move with her son to Bedford at the age of 90 to be part of their extended family.
Marjorie, who recites Wordsworth, still cares for her adult son, Jeremy, who has cerebal palsy, along with other devoted helpers from the Leonard Cheshire Bedfordshire Care at Home Service.
Up to the age of 98 she pushed him in his wheelchair to Communion at St Andrew’s Church in Kimbolton Road.
With her husband Sydney, in 1945 the couple adopted a three-month old baby boy who was a ‘tiny scrap of a thing’ through the Children’s Society in Baker Street, London and travelled to the capital by steam train to collect him. Marjorie told of how in the railway carriage on the way home, when the newly-adopted baby began to cry, she used a banana-shaped bottle to feed him with what looked like a rubber teat at both ends. A soldier sitting opposite said: ‘Missus, it’s the teat at the other end you have to use!’”
Marjorie, who loves giving her six great grandchildren chocolate treats, attributes her robust health to a strong faith, good upbringing, family. and a ‘nip of brandy’.