A talented pianist who lives at a Sanctuary Care home in Bushbury has celebrated her 101st birthday last week, with her two baby great granddaughters by her side.
Florence Bradnock marked her milestone birthday (12 October) at Highcroft Hall Residential Care Home in Wolverhampton, where she was surrounded by her family, including great granddaughters - seven-week old Fleur and eight-month-old Lilian.
Secrets to reaching 101
When asked her secret to reaching such an incredible age the birthday girl said: “Good living, no alcohol, a caring family and good family values.”
Where it all began
Born in 1914 in George Street, Ettingshall, Florence is the last surviving of six siblings born to parents Alice and George. Her father was a blacksmith and during the war years he shod the horses used in battle on the frontline in Belgium.
Florence worked at the Ever Ready Factory in Park Lane, where she met her husband-to-be Francis.
Marriage and children
The couple married in 1940 and Florence gave up work to be a full time mother to children Eileen and Christine, who both still live in the city.
Eileen said: “Mum is such a kind and likeable person and always takes such an interest in her family. She and dad were devoted to each other and were never apart – they were inseparable.”
Musician by ear
Florence was an exceptionally talented pianist and could play by ear, without reading any music.
Eileen said: “She played well into her 90s. She was always playing at parties and at Christmas.”
In later life Florence and Francis lived in Fallings Park before moving to Pendeford. After almost 75 years of marriage Francis, who was 96 years old, sadly passed away in May this year following a fall.
Settling in to Highcroft Hall
Eileen added: “She has been so brave and has settled into her new life at Highcroft Hall with the help of the team there, especially Dawn Allen the administrator, Andrew Greenway the manager and Jayne Woods the activities leader, who has helped organise her birthday party.”