Hats off to Pa­tri­cia as she reaches 105

Stockport Express - - News -

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

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