A woman who enjoyed pantomimes and poetry in her pursuit of fun was surrounded by her family as she celebrated her 100th birthday.
Vera Stout spent her younger days camping in Scotland, walking, gardening and collecting wild flowers, and she kept her mind active with puzzles, quizzes, card games, knitting and sewing.
She dedicated her time to church activities and was a Sunday school teacher for several years while also a member of the Women’s Institute, as well as a cast member in pantomimes.
She has also used her creative flare in poetry, which has reflected her sense of humour and her love of family and church.
Her relatives joined in the party hosted by the Village Nursing and Care Home in Wellfield Road in Murton, where she lives.
The home’s Vicky Pratt said: “We had a big party in the home and we booked a singer and had a lovely buffet, we all sang happy birthday to Vera and made a toast. I also read out some of her poems, which everyone seemed to enjoy.
Vera was very happy to receive a telegraph from the Queen and she got many cards and flowers from family.Vicky Pratt
“Vera was very happy to receive a telegraph from the Queen and she got many cards and flowers from family.
“Some had travelled from America to be with her on her special day. She also received a big bouquet from the care home.”
Vera was the youngest of five children born to William and Elizabeth Simpson and grew up in Dorset Street and South Hetton Road in Easington Lane.
She married John Stout, of Hetton, in her home village’s Methodist church.
The couple had three children, Sheila, Valerie and John, and she has five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.