Doris hits 100 and celebrates with friends and family


Doris Potter celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday, September 1.

Doris a resident at The Willows Nursing Home in Shakespeare Road, Bedford, had a celebratory party to mark her milestone 100th birthday.

Asked about her recipe for longevity, she said: “I like to keep busy, take life as it comes and enjoy a drink.”

Surrounded by her fellow residents, staff and her daughter — Patricia she is pictured holding her telegram from the Queen.

Doris took up residency at the Willows in 2006.

Born in south London (nee Johnson), Doris moved to Bedford 1984 with her late husband Harold Potter who died in 2005.

The couple met at the Handley Page aircraft factory in Cricklewood, north London. Doris worked in the offices and Harold was a mechanic.

During Doris’s working life she carried out office work mainly in London. At one stage she was the secretary to the governer of a borstal in Suffolk and she also ran a village shop for a period of time.

Doris and Harold had two daughters, Barbara who died in 2006 and Patricia who is still with us and gave the Bulletin her mother’s life story.

There are four grandchildren in the family, Barbara had a son and Partricia has three sons.

Prior to her residency at the Willows, Doris liked her gardening and also to cook for her family.