Hats off to Patricia as she reaches 105
A FORMER hatter from Stockport has celebrated a major milestone – turning 105.
Patricia Wood marked the occasion with a birthday party at her care home in Stockport on Sunday (December 27).
The grandmother was joined by family, fellow residents and staff at Borough Care’s Shepley House in Hazel Grove to mark the special occasion.
She says the secret to long life is to do ‘nothing out of the ordinary’ – but staff who care for her say she is anything but ordinary.
Care worker Hazel Carberry said: “She is simply lovely. I run an exercise class called Oomph, and Pat is up with every move and still singing away at the end.”
Fellow care worker Sue Tomlinson added: “Pat has such a wonderful sense of humour. It goes without saying that it is a privilege to care for her. We all feel that way about Pat.”
Pat said: “The secret of a long life is to do nothing out of the ordinary. I just lived an ordinary life and loved every minute. I still do.”
Pat was a keen hockey player, and loved to watch her husband and brother play golf. She is a lifelong Stockport County fan.
She was born in the town in 1910. In her younger years Pat worked at the world famous Woodrow Hats in Stockport.
Pat, who moved from Offerton to Shepley House aged 101, added: “I loved working for Woodrows though during the war I was transferred to an ammunition factory. I never smoked, well not much, but I did like a drink and you can still force a brandy on me.
“One of my favourite hobbies was going to Edgeley Park to watch Stockport County. It was a lovely club.
“Coming to Shepley House has been one of the highlights of my life, I love it here and I enjoy every day.”
Pat’s first name is actually Martha but she never really liked it and so chose to be called Patricia instead. Staff at Shepley House said she is everyone’s favourite.
Pat Wood celebrates with care worker Hazel Carberry