Celebrations have been in full swing at Glebefields Care Home in Drayton, Banbury, as one of its residents reaches 102 years young! Christine Brookes was born on 29th June 1920 in Bridgewater, Somerset. The family moved to Swindon when she was just two. From a very young age Christine showed talent in many things, she learned to play the piano as a child, and later also played the organ in her local church.
Christine is a wonderful lady, loved by all at Glebefields. As she met with her family during her birthday celebrations they took time to reflect on her amazing life and reminisce on her achievements.
During the Second World War she served in the National Fire Service in Swindon. She met her husband; Reg, a recently de-mobbed soldier at a dance just after the war and they moved to North Wales. The marriage produced five children. Sadly, Reg died in 1962. Christine later remarried and with her new husband; Les became ballroom dancing teachers, and competed in ballroom dancing competitions across the UK and Europe, becoming the Great Britain Amateur Champions two years running! The dynamic dancing duo also appeared in the period drama S4C Welsh language TV film ‘Madam Wen’ (The White Lady).
Now, in her later years, Christine is registered blind, and lives the next chapter of her life at Glebefields, no longer donning her dancing sequins she can still set the room alight with her smile.
Nisha Shaji, General Manager of Barchester Glebefields care home added:
“We’re delighted to be celebrating a truly remarkable woman as she reaches this amazing milestone. Christine is such a popular resident, we were in awe to learn she was also a film star! We will certainly be searching the internet to find the film her and Les were in so we can all enjoy her debut performance.”