Room-mates celebrate their 106th birthdays

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Two fast friends who live at the Country View Nursing Home in Warkton are celebrating their 106th birthdays within a few weeks of one another.

Vera Hughes, who is originally from Ireland but lived in Corby for many years, reached the milestone earlier this month, while her younger room-mate, Broughton-born Alice Roberts, will celebrate her 106th on July 13.

Vera Hughes and Alice Roberts

Vera Hughes and Alice Roberts

The pair have shared a room for a number of years and staff at the nursing home say they are very good friends.

Former midwife Alice lived in Weldon and Corby during her youth and 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 serve a family in Ontario, returning to England 18 months later to train in London as a midwife.

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

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

Vera was born in County Tyrone in Ireland and moved to Corby with her late husband Arthur.

She worked as a dinner lady at Our Lady’s School in Corby for ten years.

When she turned 100, Mrs Hughes said the secret behind her long life was her daily portion of porridge.