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'Miracle' baby's 100th birthday
SHE has escaped a house fire, almost drowned and survived an illness which led to her being read her last rites but now Dorothy Lammin has celebrated her 100th birthday.
It is a milestone her daughter Shirley Fable described as a miracle after the grandmother of 11 managed to cheat death three times as a youngster.
Mrs Lammin, who also has five children and 22 great grandchildren, marked her birthday last Thursday with a card from the Queen and a visit from her family.
“The fact that she survived all of that and still reached 100 is amazing,” Mrs Fable said. “She was seven months premature so in 1913 to survive that was a miracle.
“When she was 12 the vicar spent all night with her after she fell ill with breathing difficulties.
They didn’t expect her to live through the night and when she was just a teenager she almost drowned.
“A group of people going by saw her and grabbed her fingertips and pulled her out of the water.
She was also in a house fire and had to be rescued. She was very grateful to escape that.”
Mrs Lammin, who rode a bike until the age of 81, credits keeping active and knitting as the secret to her long life.
She still knits dolls every week to raise cash for the Salvation Army, leading to her being affectionately known as the “doll lady”.
“Her knitting is the love of her life,” said Mrs Fable. “She also loves going out for a ride in the car to the countryside.
“She’s a very active lady. She still goes to the Salvation Army every Sunday.
“She never smoke or drank all her life and she always says the secret to a long life is ‘hard work never kills anyone’.”
She added Mrs Lammin, who worked at the former British Sugar Factory, in Stourport Road, was very pleased to have reached 100.
“She always says ‘I don’t feel it so I don’t intend to act it’,” Mrs Fable added.
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