Family, residents and members of staff joined Dorothy Lingard, known as Dolly, to celebrate her 100th Birthday at Tallington Lodge Care Home, near Stamford. Dolly was delighted to be the first resident at Tallington Lodge to receive a birthday card from His Majesty King Charles III.
The celebrations included a beautiful cake decorated with edible flowers baked by Steve Soames, the Chef Manager at Tallington Lodge. The cake was to be enjoyed by all her friends at Tallington Lodge who were keen to help Dolly celebrate her milestone birthday. Her family also brought her a cake which included a decoration of a Labrador, this is special to Dolly as she always had yellow Labradors throughout her life.
Her fellow resident Eric Chisholm was there to congratulate Dolly on her birthday as he turned 100 in August last year and knew how special the day was.
Dolly was also joined by her granddaughters, Alex and Hannah and her daughter in law, Catherine Holland, who commented on the day, “A huge thank you to Chantal and the catering staff at Tallington Lodge for going to such an effort to make Dolly’s 100th birthday special. The cake was beautiful! Thank you to all involved’.
Dolly grew up on a farm in Fishtoft, near Boston, where she formed a love of animals including shire horses and especially dogs. She always had yellow Labradors and each one was named ‘Lady’.
In 1940, Dolly married Humphrey, after meeting just 8 times. They were together for 57 years until Humphrey died in 1997. During their married life they lived in Liverpool, Hale, Lisbon, where they lived with their two children from 1967 to 1974 and Bottesford (nr Nottingham) and then after Humphrey died Dolly moved to Grantham.
Dolly has always been an avid and highly knowledgeable football fan. The family were season ticket holders at Manchester Utd in the George Best era, she even took him biscuits in hospital. The family then became season ticket holders at Porto FC and when they returned to England, they joined Nottingham Forest.
Dolly continued to go to all of the Nottingham Forest home matches for many years and she was fiercely independent and was furious when she had to give up her driving license aged 96. Dolly’s family now includes 5 grand daughters and 5 great grandchildren.