Care South resident Eleanor Brown celebrated her 104th birthday on Monday 9th July at Heathlands care home in Poole. Eleanor, who has lived in Poole much of her life, was born in Farringdon, Oxfordshire in 1908, the same year Henry Ford produced his first Model T automobile.
Eleanor met her husband Albert at the local Baptist church in Farringdon and they married in 1932. After honeymooning in Bournemouth the couple fell in love with the area and moved to Poole, where they opened their first business, a bakers on Towngate Street. Albert baked the bread and Eleanor made the cakes to sell locally and be delivered to homes around the area.
After moving back to Wiltshire for a short time, the couple returned to Poole and ran various businesses in the town including grocers and green grocers shops, while raising their two children Alan and Julia. Eleanor now has three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Eleanor moved to Heathlands care home at the age of 102 and attributes her long life to hard work and healthy eating. The care home, operated by Poole-based Care South, celebrated with Eleanor’s family on the day with cake, presents and birthday flowers, presented by Susan Willoughby, chief executive of Care South.