A ton of fun at Nancy’s party!

Wishaw’s Nancy Weir cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day with daugh­ter Jen­nifer, fam­ily and friends, above

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Thom­son

It’s been a week to re­mem­ber for su­per cen­te­nar­ian Nancy Weir.

Wishaw born and bred, Nancy cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day sur­rounded by fam­ily and friends at Morn­ing­side Care Home.

The res­i­dents were cer­tainly happy to see Nancy and held a tea party just two days after she moved into the home, hav­ing lived in Ryde Road in Colt­ness since 1951.

Grand- daugh­ter Sarah Han­naford trav­elled up from the Mid­lands to cel­e­brate Nancy’s im­por­tant mile­stone.

She said: “Gran also moved into Morn­ing­side last Wed­nes­day and then had her birth­day on Fri­day so it’s been a big week for her.

“Al­though I trav­elled up from the Mid­lands we also have a lot of fam­ily in the north-east but every­one has tried to get up to see her. She also got a de­liv­ery of flow­ers from Bell’s Florist in Cale­do­nian Road. They have been com­ing to gran’s for over 20 years.”

Nancy was born on Fe­bru­ary 2, 1918, and brought up in McAlpine Street and also lived in Leighton Street.

She worked at Cas­sells Iron­mon­gery shop on Kirk Road un­til she got mar­ried.

Fol­low­ing the out­break of World War Two, she be­came an air raid war­den in the town and still en­ter­tains every­one with one of her favourite songs “In My Wee Gas Mask”.

She also de­vel­oped a keen in­ter­est in am­a­teur dra­mat­ics.

She mar­ried child­hood sweet­heart Jim in 1946 with the cou­ple hav­ing met at school.

Jim was mas­ter butcher and man­ager at the Glas­gow Road branch of James Chap­man (Butch­ers) Ltd and they were mar­ried for 58 years un­til Jim sadly passed away at the age of 86 in 2004.

The cou­ple had two daugh­ters, Jen­nifer and Anne, as well as two grand­chil­dren Sarah and Kirstin.

Nancy was Sun­day school teacher at Chalmers Church ( now South Wishaw Parish Church). She also took an active role in the Girls As­so­ci­a­tion ( GA) singing a range of songs and per­form­ing in plays sev­eral times a year.

She was an ad­ven­tur­ous cook as well as an ex­cel­lent baker and would walk down to the or­chards on Cly­de­side to buy fruit to turn into jam each sum­mer.

When she was younger she also had a ta­lent for knit­ting, cro­chet and dress­mak­ing.

Sarah added: “Gran and grandpa met when they were only five or six but lost touch.

“They met again when they were at high school and were to­gether ever since.”


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