‘Bill’ celebrates after reaching age of 104

NILABE120317b1, Bill (Dorothy) Jones celebrates her 100th birthday at Ladycross care home, Sandiacre. Alice Kerry Bill Jones and Jayne Marshall.
NILABE120317b1, Bill (Dorothy) Jones celebrates her 100th birthday at Ladycross care home, Sandiacre. Alice Kerry Bill Jones and Jayne Marshall.
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A FORMER telephonist has celebrated her 104th birthday with her family by her side.

Dorothy Jones – known as Bill, was born on March 17, 1908, and was a familiar face at Long Eaton Market Place before handing the egg stall over to daughter Paula.

“Everyone knew her as the ‘egg lady’,” said Paula, who joined in the party at Bill’s home at Ladycross House care home in Sandiacre.

During her work at Nottingham Telephone Exchange, there were too many staff called Dorothy so each one was asked to pick a name beginning with a different letter of the alphabet.

She chose ‘B’ for Billy and it has stuck as Bill ever since.

When husband Harold, who she married in Wilford in 1934, died at the age of 101, Dorothy moved into the care home where she has been very happy.

She has two children, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Ladycross is one of nine care homes being looked at closing by Derbyshire County Council.