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Eva Haywood celebrated her 100th birthday at Ashmere care home Codnor.'Back L/R: Frances Holmes niece, David Flint Nephew, Doreen Flint.'Front: Cassie Allsop great great niece, Eva Haywood, Jemima Allsop great great niece.
Eva Haywood celebrated her 100th birthday at Ashmere care home Codnor.'Back L/R: Frances Holmes niece, David Flint Nephew, Doreen Flint.'Front: Cassie Allsop great great niece, Eva Haywood, Jemima Allsop great great niece.

Eva Haywood celebrated her 100th birthday in style this week with a party at her Codnor care home.

The great grandma from 
Langley Mill was joined by her family at the Codnor Park care home on Glasshouse Hill, to mark her reaching her centenary milestone.

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Eva said: “It was lovely to have my family here and I feel lucky to have made it to 100.”

Born on September 8, 1914, the year World War One started, Eva was the third child, with two older brothers and one younger one.

Eva left school at 15 and spent her time caring for relatives and running errands.

Before her children were born she worked as an administrator for local businesses, but left to 
concentrate on running her home.

She said: “I didn’t really have a career, but in my day it was considered normal for women to stay at home and run the household and then care for the children. The world is a very different place now.”

After a brief courtship, Eva married Godfrey at the age of 24. Eight years later their first child, a daughter named Joan, was born.

The couple went on to have a son, Arthur, and later five grandchildren.

To mark her birthday milestone, Eva received a birthday letter from the Queen.

Care home activities co-ordinator Alison Martin said Eva was over the moon to have had the 
letter.

She said: “The postman came with it and Eva signed for it herself and opened it with a big smile on her face. It is quite an achievement.”