Flexible Nellie helps beat age stereotypes as she marks her 100th birthday

100-year-old Sarah Pace with left to right Lorna Burns, Sarah Headly, Coral Knox, John Bass, Lizzie Burns and Kim Hope from Abbots Courty.
100-year-old Sarah Pace with left to right Lorna Burns, Sarah Headly, Coral Knox, John Bass, Lizzie Burns and Kim Hope from Abbots Courty.
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A WOMAN will be kicking her heels as she joins celebrations to mark her 100th birthday.

Sarah Ellen Pace, who is known as Nellie, regularly proves she is still fighting fit by kicking her leg above her head during her home’s exercise sessions.

Staff and her fellow residents of Abbotts Court Care Home in Wingate Lane, Wheatley Hill, will host a party for her today, with cake, Champagne and a performance by a Rat Pack tribute act.

Kim Hope, the home’s activities co-ordinator, said: “When we have armchair aerobics, she can kick her leg right over her head.

“She is very fit for her age and still likes to take part in activities within Abbotts Court.”

Nellie, whose maiden name was Bell, married Robert Pace when she was in her 40s and couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary before Robert died.

One of six children, she spent most of her life living in Shotton Colliery before moving to Wingate.

During her working career she was manageress of Moor Stores in Shotton and in Wheatley Hill and also taught Sunday School at Shotton Methodist Church.

Nellie is an aunt to Norma and Peter, who visit regularly, and her sister Freda, who is 101-years-old, will be joining in today’s festivities.