Many happy returns as Nora celebrates 100th birthday

THE Great War had been over for only a month when Nora Horsfall entered the world at Briggs House within the sound of St Chad’s Church bells, Uppermill.

A hundred years later Nora Brown and her family gathered at the Cross Keys to celebrate the birthday of one of Saddleworth’s oldest residents.

Nora Brown celebrates her 100th birthday

Attending the party were sons, widower David and Steven, Steven’s wife, Nora’s four grandchildren-together with their spouses-five great grandchildren (ranging from five years to seven weeks) two family friends and a carer from Stoneleigh House in Springhead where Nora now resides.

It was one of two parties held to mark the birthday of the former Grasscroft shop keeper.

Born on December 14, 1918, Nora married Ellis Shaw in July 1939.

Tragedy struck early in their marriage when Nora lost a baby at birth but in 1942 oldest son David was born and five years later second son, Steven.

Before David’s birth, the couple also took in an evacuee from Guernsey. Alan Guppy arrived from the Channel Islands with unsuspecting Ellis still at work.

Alan quickly became a part of the family and also stayed with in-laws, Sam and Flo Shaw in Lees for six months after David’s birth.

Nora and Ellis lived in Oldham during the Second World War returning to Grasscroft in 1946.

In 1954, Nora and friend Mary Garner opened a shop in Clough Lane selling women’s clothes and haberdashery.

Nora and Ellis left Grasscroft for Higher Arthurs, Greenfield where Ellis died in 1982.

Homes in Uppermill and Lydgate followed while Nora re-married in January 1987 tying the knot with Les Brown. Sadly, Les passed away in May 1989.

Nora moved back to Den Lane and remained active with the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service, helping with meals on wheels and mobile library.

Nora continued to live on her own at Glengarth in Uppermill until she was 95, helped by care and support from Home Instead and her neighbours.

After a spell in hospital she moved to Stoneleigh House.

Nora’s 100th birthday including a party at the home, card from the Queen and message of congratulations from the Minister of Work and Pensions.

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