Centenarian toasts 100 happy years

Hannah Steele celebrates her 100th birthday at Oakland Nursing Home''w111514a    Picture: Ceri Oakes
Hannah Steele celebrates her 100th birthday at Oakland Nursing Home''w111514a Picture: Ceri Oakes

ONE of Whitby’s oldest residents toasted her birthday with a glass of bubbly surrounded by her family and care home staff where she lives.

Hannah Steele who is a resident at the town’s Oakland Nursing Home in White Point Road celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday (20 April).

Mrs Steele, who had received dozens of cards from wellwishers along with one from the Queen, smiled for the camera, before sipping champagne, helped by staff, in the nursing home that she has spent the last three years in.

Born on April 20, 1911 in Raw, Fylingthorpe, she was the youngest of four children and attended school there, before the family briefly moved to Shiptonthorpe and then back to Raw.

Previously working several different jobs, Mrs Steele and was supervisor in Woolworths when the Whitby store opened.

She worked there until 1936, when she married her husband, Arthur Steele, at Fylingthorpe Methodist Chapel and afterwards they relocated to Sleights. Ten years after their marriage, their daughter Gillian was born.

Throughout her younger days, Hannah was a member of Sleights WI and held an active role at Briggswath Methodist Chapel.

Family members said that she has always loved reading, gardening and holidays.