Former Corby midwife celebrates 108th birthday

108-year-old Alice Roberts celebrating her birthday at Country View Nursing Home
108-year-old Alice Roberts celebrating her birthday at Country View Nursing Home
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A former midwife who is believed to be the oldest person in Northamptonshire has celebrated her 108th birthday.

Alice Roberts was born in Broughton on July 13, 1907, and now lives at the Country View Nursing Home in Warkton.

Alice worked as a midwife in Corby

Alice worked as a midwife in Corby

She was one of six siblings – sister Rosalind and brothers George, Horace, John and Harold – and lived in Weldon and Corby during her youth.

She left school at the age of 14 to begin working as a live-in servant with a family in Cranford and later for the great-grandfather of former Kettering mayor Christopher Lamb in Warkton.

In 1935, she moved to Canada to be a nanny to twins in Ontario, returning to England 18 months later to train at the Mothers’ Hospital of the Salvation Army in London as a midwife.

She spent the rest of her working life as a midwife, first cycling and then driving all over the county to deliver babies, before retiring at the age of 60.

Alice Roberts

Alice Roberts

She carried on driving until she was 90, and moved into Country View in 2007.

She said the secret to her long life was ‘not killing herself with pleasure’.

According to the Oldest in Britain website, Alice is the 61st oldest person in Britain, and a mere 46 days older than the next oldest person in the county, Mary Sherwin of Kettering.

The country’s oldest person is listed as Gladys Hooper, who is 112 and living on the Isle of Wight.

Alice Roberts

Alice Roberts