Jane Marsden celebrates her 100th birthday

Date published: 28 May 2021

Jane Marsden celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday 26 May at Ashbourne Nursing Home in Norden.

100-year-old Jane (née Heap) was born on 26 May 1921 at Throstle Walk, Chadderton to parents Jane and Albert Heap, one of thirteen surviving brothers and sisters.

After leaving school, Jane started work in a cotton mill as a cone winder.

She married Arnold Marsden and moved to Molesworth Street, Rochdale where they had three children - Arnold, Steven, and Debra - and they spent the remainder of their married life working and living in Chadderton.

Jane retired at the age of 60 and returned to live in Rochdale with her daughter in later years.

She has eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, plus a large extended family.


Jane with her 100th birthday cake
Jane with her 100th birthday celebration cake


Jane moved into Ashbourne Nursing Home at the age of 97, her daughter Debra commenting ‘where she is happy and looked after by the caring staff.’

Theresa Thorp, Home Manager, said: “It was difficult to celebrate due to the restrictions on visiting at this time. We did as much as we could to make her day memorable.

“Family stayed on the car park and we opened the patio door. It was a lovely afternoon - the rain stayed away!

“Jane's son and daughter, Arnold and Debbie, who are her two nominated visitors, then sat with her in the Visiting Hub.

“A lovely time was had by all.”

As well as birthday cards and gifts from family and friends, Jane received a birthday card from the Queen, who sends a free birthday message on a person's 100th birthday then each year following a 105th birthday.


Jane Marsden celebrated her 100th birthday on 26 May 2021


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