A BRIDLINGTON lady received a special memento as she turned 100 last month.
Ellen Parker, who lives at the Westbourne Lodge retirement home on Cardigan Road received her card from the Queen to mark her centenary celebrations on February 23.
Before moving to Bridlington in 1977, Ellen was born in Highthorne, Rotherham in 1912, joining 2 sisters and 2 brothers, and attended Kilnhurst National School.
Before getting married, she worked as a knitting designer at George Lee’s Wakefield Mill and was a private piano teacher and taught pupils of all ages in her own home.
Ellen married her first husband in 1939 but he passed away in 1944, before she met Harry to whom she married in 1955 and has one step son, Keith, who lives in the Bahamas and one step granddaughter, Bryony who lives in Wales.
Ellen has always loved listening to classical music, and still does to this day, as well as ballroom dancing with her second husband and her friends.
The couple moved to Bempton, and then to Bridlington due to ill health, but sadly Harry passed away and left Ellen on her own.
She moved to Westbourne Lodge in September 2007, and has lived happily there ever since, celebrating her 100th birthday with staff at the care home and her step son Keith, her step granddaughter Bryony her husband Brian and their two children, Ellen’s great grandchildren, Charlotte and Abigail.
Westbourne Lodge held a party for Ellen for her 100th birthday with Gary Richardson, a musical entertainer who she thoroughly enjoyed listening to.