RHODA Winson has seen it all. She has lived through two World Wars and can recall a time when people ran out into the street if they saw an aeroplane.
She was born on June 17 1912 and yesterday celebrated her 102nd birthday by going out for a meal with her family and friends before returning to the Abacus Care Home in Rolleston, where she currently resides to celebrate with staff and other residents.
Rhoda has lived in Burton all her life, and has seen many changes take place throughout the town, but says that she would not dream of living anywhere else.
She raised her daughter in the town, and is a grandmother and great-grandmother of two and a great-grandmother of four. Rhoda says the most enjoyable period of her working life was during the six years spent working in the offices at the Bass brewery.
She told the Mail: “It was during the war that I went to work there. They needed our help because the men had gone off to fight. At that time women tended to stay at home and look after the children but after the war ended they kept us on. I liked working there, it was good.”
Rhoda still maintains an active and independent lifestyle, and still goes to church in Hanbury every Sunday, as well as Stretton Luncheon Club once a month. Members presented her with a cake to celebrate the occasion. She says that she cannot put her finger on anything specific which has helped her to achieve such a long and happy life.
She added: “I don’t really know, but the doctors have told me I’m in perfect health. My blood pressure is fine and there are no problems. I’m well looked after at the home and I enjoy living here.”
Rhoda says the biggest change she has seen during her life is the evolution of the aeroplane. She said: “I can remember when it was so rare that you would see a plane in the sky that people would run out of their houses to have a look.
“It was something that you didn’t see every day and was such a novelty. Now, you see them all the time.”