Party at care home for Mary’s 103rd birthday

Staff at a care home in Whitby held a special celebration as a resident marked her 103rd birthday.

Monday, 28th September 2020, 11:30 am
Mary Floyd-Norris, who resides at Peregrine House in Whitby, received many cards, gifts and messages of congratulations on her 103rd birthday.

Mary Floyd-Norris celebrated her birthday on Saturday, September 19, receiving many cards, gifts and messages of congratulations.

Mrs Floyd-Norris, who resides at Peregrine House, also Skyped her family as they were unable to attend due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

Mary then had a party with the residents and staff at Peregrine House – all having an enjoyable afternoon.

When asked what the secret to a long life was, Mary replied: “Not drinking, smoking or swearing. These are my taboos.”

During World War II, Mrs Floyd-Norris served with the Queen Alexandra Military Nursing Service, spending much of her time at Bayeux in France.

Her journey there was quite perilous as her ship The Invictor had to avoid many sea mines.

Mary and her party had to climb off the ship down rope ladders to smaller boats in order to get ashore.

At Bayeux in 1944, Mary married Geoffrey Lightfoot Floyd-Norris who was serving in the Medical Corps. They had another wedding in the UK when they returned home.

They retired to Robin Hood’s Bay in 1984, having family in the area (Mary’s grandfather Mr Sedman once living at Low Farm).

Sadly Mary was only to be with Geoffrey for another 10 years before his passing.

Mr Floyd-Norris retired from Astrazeneca in 1980, while Mary had filled her time in bringing up the children.

Mrs Floyd-Norris now spends her days, among other things, doing quizzes and crosswords. She also likes to attend the in-house entertainments and motivation classes.