Laura celebrates her 105th birthday

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Birthdays are special occasions whatever your age.

However, for Laura Dolan, this year took on extra significance.

Laura, who has lived at the Rose Court Lodge care home on Sutton Road for six years, celebrated her 105th birthday earlier this month, with close friends and family holding a party to mark the occasion.

She also received a telegram from the Queen congratulating her for reaching such a grand age.

Born in 1909, Laura attended Brunts School and worked at Britannic insurance company before starting a family.

Outside of work, she was president of the Business and Professional Women’s organisation in the town, and a member of Mansfield’s operatic society, based at the Grand Theatre.

She was a keen painter throughout most of her life and bought her first computer aged 92, using it until last year for everything from surfing the web to playing word association games.

Her son, Mike (75) said: “To reach such an age and to have led such an active life is a remarkable achievement - I’ve never known anything like it.

“She still has an excellent long-term memory and can remember soldiers marching up Skerry Hill in 1917 during the First World War. She also remembers her two cousins from Hucknall who were killed in the war over in France and everyone turning out for the funerals.”