106-year-old Phyllis celebrates big day in Buxton

Phyllis Burton celebrates her 106th birthday with staff from the Branksome
Phyllis Burton celebrates her 106th birthday with staff from the Branksome

A Buxton care home resident has celebrated her 106th birthday surrounded by family and friends - and another card from the Queen.

Phyllis Burton, who is originally from Dove Holes but who has lived at the brighterkind Branksome Care Home on St John’s Road for the last two years, celebrated her big day on Friday.

As well as lots of residents of the care home, Phyllis’ daughter, Yvonne Farlam, 79, grandson Mark Farlam, 46, great grandaughter Ella, 17, and Mark’s wife Steph all came along to join in the celebrations.

Yvonne, of Peak Dale, said: “She hasn’t done anything different than anybody else - she has just taken things day by day.

“She’s just got on with life really and been very lucky - she has done very well.”

Born in 1909, she was married in 1935 to Richard ‘Dick’ Burton, a man from a local farming family who later worked for ICI.

She worked for many years at George Ayre’s pork butchers but when that business closed she moved to the Co-op in Dove Holes.

Phyllis also has a great grandson, Will, 15, through Mark and another great granddaughter and great grandson, Nicole and Liam, both 21, through Yvonne’s daughter Paula Furness, 52, who were not able to attend.

Speaking of her birthday party, Phyllis said: “I had a really nice party - all the people here are lovely and they do look after me well.

“And the Queen has sent me another card - that must mean she really likes me.”