Linda celebrates her 100th birthday

100th Birthday: from left Daughter Pat Henstock, Linda Jackson, 100, son Eric Jackson and Daughter Valerie Baker.
100th Birthday: from left Daughter Pat Henstock, Linda Jackson, 100, son Eric Jackson and Daughter Valerie Baker.

Linda Jackson who has lived in Giltbrook since the early 1940s turned 100 last week.

As well as a card from the Queen, a telegram from Iain Duncan-Smith and a visit from the Mayor of Broxtowe, the birthday girl was presented with a This is Your Life Book by her son, Eric.

She celebrated with a meal out with her family, and was treated to a big party at Edward Road care home in Eastwood where she lives.

Linda’s daughter, Pat Hemstock, said her mum had ‘amazed the family’ reaching 100, and her secret must be a healthy life-style and independent nature.

“She has always been very active,” said Pat.

“She has always loved sequence dancing and used to really love doing her garden.

“She never drank or smoked, and she loved her holidays.

“She has amazed us really.”

Linda was born in the old Highland Laddie pub, in High Street, Kimberley, in 1912. Her father, former Nottinghamshire cricketer Ben Taylor, ran the pub and a number of others in Kimberley and Eastwood.

Linda met her husband Cyril at a cousin’s wedding where she was bridesmaid and he was the bestman, and they married at Greasley Church in 1939.

Other than three years spent in Mexborough while Cyril was in the RAF, the couple lived in Nottingham Road, Giltbrook, all their lives.

Cyril taught at Walker Street Secondary School in Eastwood, and Linda split her time between caring for their three children, and hairdressing from home.