Centenarian wows crowds on piano

NILALM110418B1 - the Grange residential home Sandiacre. Grace Gooding officially opens the new extension on her 100th birthday. back from left Mayor of Erewash Cllr Robert Parkinson, Mayoress of Erewash June Parkinson and manager Odette Wakefield
NILALM110418B1 - the Grange residential home Sandiacre. Grace Gooding officially opens the new extension on her 100th birthday. back from left Mayor of Erewash Cllr Robert Parkinson, Mayoress of Erewash June Parkinson and manager Odette Wakefield
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A SUPER centenarian wowed special guests and family gathered for her milestone birthday celebrations this week with a performance on the piano.

Grace Gooding, who received a telegram from the Queen for reaching 100 on Monday, was given the honour of opening six new rooms at the Grange Nursing Home in Sandiacre, where she has lived for the past five years.

NILALM110418B4 - the Grange residential home Sandiacre. 100th birthday of Grace Gooding with daughter Pam Stevenson and son Rex Gooding

NILALM110418B4 - the Grange residential home Sandiacre. 100th birthday of Grace Gooding with daughter Pam Stevenson and son Rex Gooding

Daughter Pam Stevenson, son Rex Gooding, her four grandchildren and great-grandson Harry were there to hear Grace play, alongside a visit from Erewash Mayor Cllr Robert Parkinson.

Pam said: “It was absolutely brilliant. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it, including mum.”

Charitable Grace moved from West Bridgford to Ilkeston in 1937 where she put decades of voluntary service into the British Heart Foundation, working as a medical loans officer for many years.

She was also a founder member of the Ilkeston branch of the Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Inner Wheel Club of Ilkeston.

Deputy care manager Laura Fairholm said: “She’s lovely. Everyone is always amazed when she plays the piano at 100-years-old. She cheers all the residents up.”