'Notorious' Nancy marks a century
A Deeping St James woman celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday with family and friends.
Nancy Titman, who was born in the village on June 2, 1918, celebrated the milestone at the Deeping St James Priory Church in the village from 10am to 3pm.
“It was wonderful,” said Nancy.
“There was a constant flow of people through the day who joined us for refreshments and I must have received about 150 cards.
“I have lived in the village my whole life and am a bit notorious,” she joked.
Nancy said she had received “one very big surprise” when a nephew arrived from the Isles of Scilly to celebrate her big day with her.
“We had a really lovely time and it was so good to see everyone,” she said.
Having previously worked as a teacher, Nancy was unsure what to credit her longevity to.
“No one is more surprised than I am,” she said of reaching 100.
“I have always been an active person and had a big family to look after.”
With four children, nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, she remains “quite active” and attends church as often as possible.
“I don’t walk very far any more but I do go to church whenever I can,” she said.
Remarkably, she still lives on her own, although admitted to receiving “a lot” of support from a son and daughter who both live nearby.
“My son lives down the street and my daughter is not far away which is a big help, but I do look after myself,” said Nancy.
Having lived in Deeping St James her whole life, she said the village had changed and grown over the years.
“It has got a lot bigger and there are many more houses than what there used to be,” she said.
Instead of birthday presents, a request was made that people donate towards a new roof for the church.
“We have raised £1,500 so far,” said Nancy proudly.
“I’m the wonder girl at the moment, but I’d really like to thank everyone who had a hand in making the day so special.”
She said anyone wanting to make a donation towards the new roof could contact the church via its website at www.dsj.org.uk