Cycling champ’s centenarian gran

Vera Worthington with her daughters and grandchildren.
Vera Worthington with her daughters and grandchildren.

The grandmother of 
Olympic cycling champion Jason Queally celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family.

Vera Worthington was born in Liverpool in 1914 and moved to Morecambe when she was 17 years old.

Vera Worthington.

Vera Worthington.

She worked at the Atlantic Hotel on Sandylands.

She then decided to do her nurse training at the Royal Albert Hospital, where she met Eric who later became her husband.

She has many happy memories of this time as she was a very keen ballroom dancer and Morecambe was a mecca for ballroom dancing.

Vera continued her nursing until the war broke out.

Vera Worthington at the age of 19.

Vera Worthington at the age of 19.

She moved to Sheffield and worked in an office as Eric was sent off to war.

Vera returned to Lancaster to get married in 1940.

She settled down to raise two children, Janet and Linda.

Vera ran a grocery store on Ashton Drive for many years until she retired.

She has always been a keen bingo player, which she continued to do.

She also continued driving until she was 96 years old.

Vera has six grandchildren, including gold and silver track cycling medallist Jason Queally (Sydney 2000) whom she is very proud of, as she is of all her grandchildren, her six great grandchildren and her two great great grandchildren.

She also has twin great grandchildren and a great great grandchild to look forward to in 2015.

Vera celebrated with 65 family and friends, including her granddaughter 
Claire Sandham, who flew over from Vancouver with her family especially to celebrate with her.

Vera throughly enjoyed herself.

She was very pleased 
with her card from the Queen as Her Majesty was wearing blue.

Vera had always said she hoped the card she got was not one where the Queen was wearing yellow as, in Vera’s opinion, Her Majesty does not suit that colour.

Vera lived in her own home until mid-November, then was taken into hospital with a chest infection.

She spent her birthday in hospital but was allowed to attend her party at The Midland Hotel.

Vera and her family would like to thank all the staff on A & E and ward 35 of the RLI for making her stay comfortable and her birthday celebrations special.

She now lives at Laurel Bank Care Home in Lancaster.