Lowestoft woman celebrates 104th birthday at Gorleston care home

Nelly Vallance has celebrated her 104th birthday at The Gables.
Picture: Healthcare Homes Group

Nelly Vallance has celebrated her 104th birthday at The Gables. Picture: Healthcare Homes Group - Credit: Archant

A woman who has celebrated her 104th birthday says her longevity is down to looking after herself and having a good family.

Nelly Vallance lives at The Gables care home in Gorleston.

She was born in Harvey Street in Lowestoft in 1913 and had five brothers and two sisters and went to Roman Hill School.

As a child she was evacuated to Devon during the Second World War with her mother.

This is where she met her husband Leslie Vallance, who was in the Royal Artillery. They had one daughter, Diane, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.


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For a short time, she worked in a grocers in Stockport and had a lucky escape as she had an encounter with an unexploded bomb at the back of the shop.

She moved into The Gables in April 2012 and says the secret to her long and healthy life is looking after herself and having a good family.

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Home manager Chris Chambers said: 'It was wonderful to celebrate Nelly's birthday with her fellow residents and her relatives. I hope she had a lovely time, and I would like to wish her a very happy birthday from everyone at the Gables.'

The care home is run by Healthcare Homes Group.

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