When Rebecca Cooper was born in 1908 Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to the South Pole was coming to a dramatic closure, and the first Selfridges department store had opened its doors for the first time in London.
Birthday girl Rebecca recently celebrated her 105th birthday at Springhill Care Home in Accrington. She was born and brought up in Blackburn, where she lived her whole life before joining the community at Springhill.
Her long life has included time spent working in a local mill from the age of 12, and as a full-time weaver when she left school at 14.
Rebecca married and raised a family, and has remained an active and popular member of her local community.
She puts her long life down to ‘keeping a sense of humour, and eating and drinking well’, and she was joined at Springhill Care Home for her big day by family members, friends and the Mayor of Hyndburn, Councillor Judith Addison, who attended Rebecca’s big day in a personal capacity.
Theresa Swan, general manager of the home, said: “Rebecca is the life and soul of the party, even at 105. She has a real energy for life, continuing to enjoy dancing and singing, and has a keen memory for many of the older songs we play.
“The celebration for her birthday was wonderful with her family joining us for the occasion, and the Mayor supporting Rebecca even though the Mayor’s office was officially closed for the Christmas period – we really appreciated Judith joining us for the occasion.
“Rebecca enjoyed a glass of Champagne and her good health was toasted by family, friends and staff.”