Anne celebrates century birthday with special surprise

Anne celebrates century birthday with special surprise

One Hundred reasons for us all to smile.

A much-loved great-grandmother was given a special surprise under extraordinary circumstances at Norley Hall care home in Wigan.

Anne Arkwright celebrated reaching a century yesterday and celebrated her birthday in style with a socially distant party with Virtual entertainment organised by Elaine Lunn Activities Coordinator at Norley Hall care home Wigan.

The popular 1940’s Golden song birds performed via Skype for the home to mark Anne’s 100th Birthday which added a touch of nostalgia to Anne’s big day

Anne also received the best gift of all — a visit from her much-loved family who were allowed to be a part of the celebrations from the garden of the home keeping to the current safe distancing rules in place at the home.

Having grown up in wigan with her parents and 5 siblings, Ms Arkwright left school at the age of 14 and went to work at Highams florist in Orrell.

During WW2 Anne went to work in Gathurst munitions factory where she would make weapons like shells and bullets; munitions work often involved long hours, sometimes up to seven days a week.

Workers at the Gathurst munitions factory were at serious risk from accidents with dangerous machinery or when working with highly explosive material but a Anne a keen Vera Lynn fan was armed with rousing songs that reflected the mood of a nation fighting for survival against the threat of Nazi domination — We’ll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover.

At the end of WW2 Anne went on to marry Stan Arkwright and they raised 4 children, now proud Grandmother and Great Grandmother.

Daughter Jennifer say’s “My mum has always had such a positive attitude and is much loved by all of her family, even in lockdown she fully enjoyed the celebrations; next year we  will celebrate again when we are all able to be together.”


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