'Caring' great-grandma Doris celebrates 100th birthday with a weekend of fun, family and friends
PUBLISHED: 11:36 26 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:36 26 October 2018
Congratulations from the Queen was among the celebration messages to mark a milestone birthday for a much-loved Nan from Exmouth.
Family and friends from across the UK held a weekend of fun to celebrate Catherine Doris Palframan’s 100th birthday.
Doris, who moved to Exmouth two years ago from Lincoln, because of a love for living by the sea, held a party enjoyed by around 50 people.
Grandson Matt Hughes, who has been living in Budleigh Salterton for the last four years, said: “She is a very caring and giving person who has always put others before herself.
He added: “We had a party on Saturday where nearly 50 people attended.
“The town crier and the Liberty Sisters also performed.
“On Sunday we had a drinks reception and meal at the Royal Beacon hotel; twenty family members attended, coming from all over the country.
“My wife, Lucy Hughes, did all the decorations and flower arrangements, which everyone thought were amazing.”
Exmouth’s town crier, Roger Bourgein, announced the news of Doris’s 100th birthday to party guests.
Party entertainment included Devon vintage vocal trio, the Liberty Sisters, singing jazz and swing hits from the 40s and 50s.
The celebrations continued across the weekend with a drinks reception and meal at Royal Beacon Hotel, with 20 family members arriving from all over the country.
Great-grandma Doris moved to Exmouth from Lincoln two years ago, where her daughter, Hazel Hughes, son-in-law, Michael and granddaughter, Kim, also lived.
Her family also moved to Exmouth two years ago.
Doris was born in Leeds and lived there until she moved to Lincoln.
She was married to Arthur, who died in 1998.
The couple had three children; David, Hazel and Gordon - David died three years ago.