102 years of life stories
WHEN Winifred Burgoyne was born, the Titanic was yet to sail and two world wars were yet to happen.
Now she has celebrated her 102nd birthday at Kenyon Rise sheltered home in Bolton.
Winifred, also known as Winnie is, unsurprisingly, the oldest resident at the home.
During her lifetime, she worked in a mill factory at the age of 14 for 12 shillings a week and survived the Blitz.
She said: “I’m very excited, it’s been a wonderful day. I’m glad I could share it with my family because they are so important to me.”
Winifred’s grandchildren and great children wished her a happy birthday from Australia on Thursday.
Her daughter Linda Hardy, 65, from Over Hulton, was at Kenyon Rise to celebrate along with fellow residents.
She said: “It’s such a great achievement for my mum and I’m just delighted that she’s healthy and able to enjoy it.
“She’s always been a people person who’s taken an interest in others.
“She’s also a fighter, very willing. I think that’s been the secret to the long life she’s had.”
According to Ms Hardy, as a youngster, Winifred’s free time was spent ballroom dancing and going to watch silent films.
Winifred wrote memoirs in her late 90s recollecting these experiences, and what she remembers of the two wars.
Ms Hardy said: “My mum has always been an avid writer. She talks about the Blitz, and how finding her home during the blackouts was, in the least, hazardous.
“She says she used to go to and from work in fog and everyone would literally bump into one each other on the way.”
Karen Pollitt, team leader at Kenyon Rise, paid tribute to Winifred’s personality.
She said: “Winifred’s a lovely lady, very strong willed, very motivated. She’s a fantastic woman, nothing stops her and she’s always up and about, which is surprising for her age.
“The others at the care home all think she’s a marvellous person. No one has a bad word to say about her. She’s inspirational.
“She always tells me tales of the war, how much it was for a pint of milk.
“I like to think that if you have all the attributes that Winnie has, along with support and a loving family, you can’t go far wrong.”
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