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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Cockermouth flood evacuee Mabel turns 100

The oldest woman rescued from the 2009 West Cumbrian floods celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday.

Family and friends of Mabel Procter were due to throw her a party at her old home in Bridge End Court, Cockermouth, last night.

Mabel was the last person to be rescued from her ground-floor bedsit at Manor Court in Cockermouth, a sheltered housing scheme which was flooded in November 2009.

She was famously pictured soon after with Prime Minister Gordon Brown when he visited the Sheep and Wool Centre, off the A66, where hundreds of flood victims were evacuated.

In 2012 she officially reopened Bridge End Court, an independent housing scheme for over-55s, which was built on the site of Manor Court.

She lived there until February when she moved to Holmewood care home on Lamplugh Road.

Mabel said: “I have always had such a happy time, all the time I’ve been in Cumbria. Cockermouth I’ve found has always been a lovely, friendly, little town.

“I think the secret to a long life is eating healthily, getting out every day for fresh air and helping out wherever I can.

“I’m a member of St Bridget’s Church in Bridekirk and the Rev Isobel Halsall has been such a tremendous support to me over the years.”

The former district nurse and midwife came to Cumbria in 1950. She worked in Whitehaven and surrounding villages.

She was born at home to Thomas and Melinda, in a house next to Blea Moor signal box, Yorkshire.

Mabel added: “I became a midwife because I enjoyed nursing and I felt I was able to help people.

“I delivered too many babies over the years to remember how many exactly.

“On one occasion I arrived at the lady’s house to find she’d had two babies when she thought she was only going to have one. It was a great shock to her because she’d only got one cot.”

Her niece Linda Hinchliffe, 69, of Perth, Australia, and her husband Nigel, were due to attend the party with Len Davies, Allerdale mayor and Andrew Graham, Cockermouth mayor.

Bridge End Court Residents’ Association and the town’s chamber of trade helped to put on a buffet.

Brian Trengove, treasurer of the association, said: “Because she made so many friends in Bridge End Court, she wanted to have her 100th birthday party there.”

She will also attend parties at Holmewood tonight and St Bridget’s Church, Bridekirk, on Sunday.

Have your say

Mabel, i hope you had a lovely day.

100 years old, what a milestone.

Posted by tracey a on 2 June 2014 at 13:30

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