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Saffron tenant celebrates 108th birthday!

Published: 27th October 2021

Saffron’s oldest tenant Mary Biggs, known as Betty, has celebrated her 108th birthday at Barley Court.

Betty was born on 23th October 1913, in Airmyn, in East Yorkshire and in 1992 moved to Norfolk after her husband died to be near her son, and settled into Saffron’s Barley Court independent Community Living Plus scheme in Costessey, where NorseCare provides care and support to tenants in 60 flats.

After receiving her ninth telegram from the Queen, Betty offered the following advice as testament to her longevity: “I don’t stress about anything. Never let anything worry you, it’s not worth it.”

Tracey Harris, Head of Wellbeing & Partnerships at Saffron, said: “On behalf of everyone at Saffron, I would like to wish Betty a very happy birthday. Betty is Saffron’s oldest tenant and it’s wonderful that she has enjoyed living at Barley Court since it opened almost 30 years ago.”

She still loves talking about her family – including her two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, and is also a much-loved member of our extended family at Barley Court.