‘No regrets’ for Nellie at 103

Nellie Wilson who has celebrated her 103rd birthday.
Nellie Wilson who has celebrated her 103rd birthday.

A lady who was three years old at the outbreak of the First World War has celebrated her 103rd birthday.

Despite her tender years at the time, Nellie Wilson actually recalls the war and her family life at the time.

The sheer scale of the event and how life changed during those years made such an impact on her life that she can still remember.

Now a century later, Nellie has celebrated her birthday with a party for family and friends at her Milton Lodge home.

She had three birthday cakes, enjoyed dancing and singing and a buffet lunch.

Born in Blackburn, Nellie had seven siblings and her father worked as a book keeper.

She came to live in Fleetwood in 1939 with her late husband Bill. They were married for 70 years before he passed away.

He was a plasterer and they lived in Beach Road before moving to Thornton where they lived for much of their married life.

They had four children, three girls and a boy and an extended family of grandchildren, great grandchildren and now, great-great grandchildren.

Said Nellie: “I remember my father coming home from the war on leave. I also remember concert parties held between 1914 and 1918 at Calderstone Hospital and in Whalley.

“The world has changed for the better, I think, and Fleetwood too. It has a beautiful seafront.

“I still enjoy reading, I get books from the library to read.

“I have no idea why I have lived so long, but there’s one thing, I have no regrets.”