On Sunday 30 June, one of Northampton’s St. Christopher’s Care Home Residents, Nancy Summers, celebrated her 100th Birthday.
Born and brought up in Birmingham, she had two brothers and two sisters. One of her earliest memories is going to town with her elder sister to go to Woolworths and buy dolls plus spending her Penny a week on four ounces of sweets.
Recalling her school-days she says, “The teachers were very strict. We had to be silent and stand up when they came into the room”.
At the age of 14, she left school to work 48 hours a week in a brush factory, earning
8 Shillings a week (equivalent to 40p today).
Later in life, she worked for Halfords in the storeroom generating customers orders, something she said she really enjoyed.
She also enjoyed going to the cinema and listening to music, her favourite singer being Jim Reeves.
Nancy never married, her young man went to the Second World War and never returned.
She now has limited eyesight but enjoys the company of BBC Radio Northampton, Radio 2 and Smooth Radio, and going to the many and varied activities at St. Christopher’s, including playing carpet bowls. When the weather is good Nancy enjoys the landscaped grounds at St. Christopher’s.
Manager of St. Christopher’s, Sarah Clarke said, “Nancy has been with us for nearly five years and she always has a smile on her face and is a joy to be around. I know her extended family have a few surprises planned for her 100th Birthday but I am not divulging just what”!
Nancy is the first of five St. Christopher’s residents due to celebrate their 100th Birthdays during 2019.