Morecambe nursing home raises a glass as resident Mary Tranter celebrates 104th birthday

Mary Tranter with her brother Jack Bracewell toast Marys 104th birthday.
Mary Tranter with her brother Jack Bracewell toast Marys 104th birthday.

A woman who worked as an engineer during the Second World War has celebrated her 104th birthday.

Mary Tranter, from Morecambe, toasted the occasion with her brother Jack and friends at Hillcroft Nursing Home on Woodlands Drive today, Friday.

Mary Tranter.

Mary Tranter.

Mrs Tranter, who is the oldest resident at Hillcroft, was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire in 1912. As well as being an engineer during the war she was also a dedicated member of the Salvation Army – helping people who had lost their homes in the bombings.

She moved to Morecambe more than 50 years ago and was a keen church-goer and gardener.

Her brother, Jack Bracewell, 94, from Morecambe visits his sister three times a week. He said: “They always make a fuss of her on her birthday, we can’t thank them all enough.”

Mary joined Hillcroft three days before her 100 th birthday in 2012 and was overwhelmed when she received a card from her the Queen.

Every year the home does something special for her birthday and this year was no different. Over a specially prepared dinner, Mary and Jack toasted her birthday with a glass of champagne.

Deputy matron Davina Harris said: “Mary is always in good spirits, she’s a happy soul who is always pleasant and always polite. She’s quite a character and regularly gets people laughing.”