Active life helps Vera get to 100

Vera Sharp celebrating her 100th birthday at Old Rectory Residential Home, Stickney.
Vera Sharp celebrating her 100th birthday at Old Rectory Residential Home, Stickney.

VERA Sharp celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday, attributing her longevity to an active life.

Vera, who started work when she was nine, put her long life down to the fact she was a landworker and active person all her life.

She said: “Up to my 90s, I’d always been active, I was brought up to be.

“I can only say I worked and kept busy.”

Vera was born in Butterwick, on September 2, 1911, on her auntie’s wedding night.

She has a sister who is 92 and a brother who is 94.

Her aunt, coincidentally, lived to be 104, and Vera said she hopes to rival her.

Vera started work when she was nine, enabling her to buy her first pair of shoes.

She said: “I worked on the land because that was all there was to do in the country unless you went to Boston to do shopwork.”

She lived in Butterwick until her marriage to Harry Sharp in 1930, when she moved to Benington and became a farmer’s wife.

They had one son, Fred Sharp.

She moved to Frieston Road, in Boston, 15 years ago before moving to the Old Rectory, Stickney, five years ago.

During her life she enjoyed playing bowls and croquet and did her own gardening.

She said one of the most exciting events in her life was winning the chance to go flying just after the Second World War.

Vera celebrated her birthday with family and friends at the Old Rectory.

She said reaching 100 was ‘overwhelming’, but that she had a good day.