Nora celebrates her 100th birthday in style

A Wolverhampton woman has celebrated her centenary in style despite lockdown.

Nora Brooks has celebrated her milestone birthday
Nora Brooks has celebrated her milestone birthday

Nora Brooks, a resident at MHA Engelberg care home in Compton, has marked her 100th birthday.

Staff and fellow residents at the home turned her special day into a celebration that included a trumpet serenade of ‘happy birthday’ from Cameron and Callum - two local young men who volunteered their own time to entertain Nora.

Nora was made to feel like a queen for the day with lots of pampering and an afternoon tea organised by staff.

Relatives joined in the fun, either through video calls or from outside Nora’s bedroom window.

Staff also organised a push on social media to send Nora 100 birthday messages, which they managed to achieve.

Nora Brooks has celebrated her milestone birthday

Dan Cash, manager at MHA Engelberg said: “The moment Nora saw the picture of the Queen was quite something.

"Despite difficult times, the Engelberg family once again enjoyed a momentous and happy occasion.

"We thank everyone that was part of it - all the team here that continuously care for this beautiful woman and pampered her for this very special occasion. It was a truly special day for a truly special lady.”

Born in Westbury, Nora was the youngest of 12 children born to John and Mary McNav, and has lived in Wolverhampton all her life.

Nora went to St Patrick's School, which is now now St Edmund's, before working at Podmore's electricians in Chapel Ash and then Courtaulds department store.

She married Albert in 1942 at Wolverhampton Catholic Church, just before he went to war. Sadly, Albert passed away in 1992 on his birthday, aged 71.

Nora and Albert didn’t have any children, although her niece Cath, who passed away, was like a daughter to her.

There are many special people in Nora's life; her nephew Adrian & his wife Elizabeth and their two boys Jack and Sam are very close, as is her honorary niece Claire and Claire's son Joshua.

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