23rd February 2016

Winnie Celebrates 104th Birthday At The Manor House Whickham

Mrs Winnie Walker celebrated her 104th birthday on 22nd February at The Manor House Whickham where she now lives.

Her son Bob and daughter-in-law Joan joined her for a very special celebration with family and friends.

Winnie was born in Goole, the eldest of nine children, and worked as a short hand typist for the Cooperative from leaving school until she married her husband Ronald in 1937.

At the end of the second World War Winnie met Winston Churchill and Viscount Montgomery at the Royal Albert Hall at a special event for the 8th Army Union with two of her brothers, one of whom had been blinded, organised for survivors of the war.

She has been an active member of St Nicholas Church in Dunston and a member of the Women’s Institute.  Aged 85, having volunteered in a charity shop for some years, she was offered a paid part-time job there.

Commenting on her long life Winnie said keeping calm and cool were important: “You shouldn’t get uptight about anything, or worry about the things you can’t change.”

She has two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Liz Dixon, manager of The Manor House said: “Winnie has always led a very active life and now particularly enjoys listening to the radio and doing word searches every day.

“We’re absolutely delighted to be part of the celebration for her 104th birthday.”

The Manor House provides residential, nursing and dementia care and is part of Hadrian Healthcare Group.

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