A Scarborough woman who is possibly the town’s oldest female resident is celebrating her 106th birthday.
Nellie Wright reached the milestone yesterday and marked the occasion with a special lunch with friends at St Martin’s Lodge in Ramshill.
Miss Wright, who is originally from Leeds, came to live in Scarborough in 1972 after enjoying regular holidays in the town.
She lived in Lancashire for 51 years and worked for her father’s bespoke clothing business.
Miss Wright has lived at St Martin’s Lodge since 1984 and is believed to be their oldest ever resident.
Manager Wendy Rowbottom said: “Miss Wright is fit and well for her age. She’s a proper lady, as she’s from a different era.
“She has strong values which she has maintained all the way through her life.
“She’s a popular lady who knows what she wants.”
Assistant manager Christine Hilton added: “All I can say is that she’s amazing! She’s a very special lady.”
Miss Wright puts her long life and ﬁtness down to being a keen walker. She used to enjoy going on walking holidays and once climbed Ben Nevis.
Miss Rowbottom said that because St Martin’s Lodge provides its residents with assisted living, this can also help people live longer. She said: “Residents have their own apartment and we do all the cooking and cleaning for them. It means a burden is lifted. I think if people come in to us early enough, it does give them longer.”
Miss Rowbottom added that as the youngest resident is currently 74, St Martin’s Lodge now has an age span of 30 years. She said: “The oldest gentleman we have at the moment are in their 80s. We find it’s usually the ladies who make it to a ripe old age.”
In 2009 St Martin’s Lodge held a party for Miss Wright to celebrate her being at the home for 25 years. She also had a party for her 100th birthday.
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