Glass of bubbly as Joyce celebrates her 100th birthday
By Nicky Carter - Reporter
ONE of the longest serving members of Winston Lunch Club was given a special 100th birthday treat.
Joyce White celebrated her centenary on Monday, November 15, and ahead of her big day, staff and volunteers at the weekly lunch, organised by the Teesdale Day Clubs, surprised her with a flowers and cake last week.
Mrs White, who was born and raised in Sunderland, has lived in Winston for the past 34 years.
Before moving to Teesdale she and her late husband, Ian, had a smallholding at Witton le Wear. As well as raising three children – Judith, Helen and John – she had pursued a career in domestic science, working for Oxford and Cambridge universities.
To mark her milestone birthday, staff at the lunch club arranged the treat and a few bottles of Prosecco were opened to go with the cake made by Tracey Turnbull.
Mrs White, who is still active and enjoys daily walks, said the key to her long life was her family. She added: “I have such a loving family. That is something that has helped me tremendously. I couldn’t do it without them. I do enjoy my walks but I’m not jumping stiles.”
She is looking forward to the day after her birthday when her family will join her for the celebrations.