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Nancy, 100, reveals the secret to a long life

Nancy Orr from Pontefract 100 years old

Nancy Orr from Pontefract 100 years old

A loving family, good food and hard work is the secret to a long life according Pontefract centenarian Nancy Orr.

Mrs Orr, of Baileygate Court, reached her 100th birthday on Tuesday.

The Fairburn-born former nurse was one of ten children.

At the age of 22 she married William Henry Flatters, and they had five children, Edna, Ann, John, Peter and Robert.

After her husband’s death in 1962 she joined St John Ambulance as a volunteer nurse.

Over the years she trained to become a qualified nurse and worked at Headlands Hospital and Pontefract General Infirmary.

In 1971 she remarried John Orr and moved to Doncaster where she worked as a nurse at a school for deaf people.

When she retired at the age of 66, she moved to Pontefract to live near her children and grandchildren.

Her grandaughter, Margaret Pimperton, said: “Over the last 12 months she has given up her love of embroidery due to arthritis but otherwise she is in excellent health and looks much younger than her 100 years. She says the secret to a long life is a loving family, good food and hard work. We are all extremely proud of her.”

Mrs Orr’s special birthday celebrations included a coffee morning at Baileygate Court, where she has lived for the past 15 years, and a party and buffet with her family.

 

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