One resident at a Heanor care home had plenty to celebrate as she reached her 100th birthday, and even the US Air Force sent congratulations.
Helen Perlman, who lives in Ashfields Care Home on Mansfield Road, reached the century milestone on Wednesday, April 6, and staff and fellow residents threw an afternoon tea party in her honour.
Friends and family travelled from all over the country to attend the celebrations, enjoying champagne, a buffet and entertainment by the singing group Fahrenheit.
There was also an official visit by the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Amber Valley, Councillor Richard Iliffe and his wife Susan.
Still possessing a wicked sense of humour, Helen greeted the dignitaries with the question: “What are you doing here?”
She was particularly proud to receive the traditional telegram from the Queen.
Care home assistant Susan Buxton said: “She’s been asking about it for weeks, when it arrived she wouldn’t let go.”
Helen also received a rare honour from the United States Air Force, who sent a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.
Born in Devon during the First World War, Helen became a nurse and travelled all over the world after she married a high ranking officer.
The oldest resident in the home, Helen is well known as a witty character.
Susan said: “She’s funny, sprightly and always joking— she’ll curl up to sleep wherever she likes.”