SIX years after the death of Alzheimer’s sufferer Dorothy Claybourne, a plant given to her as she battled the condition continues to flower.

Her widower Ken Claybourne (above), 86, said that everyday when he looks at the cyclamen, now 11 years old, it reminds him of his wife, who died aged 81 in 2004.

Mr Claybourne, who is partially sighted, lives off Fenby Avenue, Darlington. He said: “My wife was a lovely lady. She really meant everything to me. It amazes me to see how many blooms it has, but it will still grow on.”

The plant was given to Mrs Claybourne by her carer Norma Gill. Mr Claybourne said: “She said it was only a cheap one, but every year it flowers.”