NEW Year 2018 celebrations were particularly special for one Leyland lady as she celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends.
Regulars at St Andrew’s Luncheon Club celebrated with Norah Finch at their regular monthly meeting. They were joined by Norah’s family, four of whom had travelled from Adelaide, South Australia to be with their Mum and Grandma.
Norah originally lived in Chorley, where she attended All Saints School and then St George’s. She left school at 14 and the family moved to Leyland. Norah worked as a weaver at Brook Mill and made gas masks during the Second World War.
She married Arnold Finch in 1948, aged 30 and settled in Denford Avenue, Leyland. They had two sons, Glenn, who now lives Down Under, and Jeremy (Jez) who still lives in Leyland. A family party was held on Norah’s special day, January 2, and the following day celebrations continued at the church Luncheon Club.
Jez Finch said: “My Dad passed away in 2006 with Alzheimer’s – Mum in her late eighties had cared for him for several years. She is amazing, still lives on her own, is healthy and is pretty much self-sufficient. Her life has always been focussed on her family and still is to this day.”
Bruce Sinclair, St Andrew’s Luncheon Club organiser, said: “Norah is a delightful lady and remarkable for her age. Our club serves between 40-50 members every month and it’s been great for everyone to share this special occasion with Norah.”
The celebrations were due to continue with a special 100th party at Leyland Golf Club. This would be followed by a small party at King St Day Centre, Leyland, where Norah is a regular, to which the Mayor of South Ribble will be attending.
Norah added: “It is a special birthday and I am really enjoying sharing it with everyone. For me, family is the most important thing and to have them here all together makes it even more special.”
Luncheon Club cake photo (L to R): Glenn Finch, Cathy Finch, Mark Finch,
Andrew Finch, Nora Finch, Lauren Finch, Jez Finch, Susan Finch