Rennie celebrates his 102nd birthday

Rennie Wainman with his family as he celebrates his 102nd birthday at the Dercliffe Care Home.
Rennie Wainman with his family as he celebrates his 102nd birthday at the Dercliffe Care Home.

Family members went along to a care home to celebrate Rennie Wainman’s 102nd birthday.

Mr Wainman has only been in Dercliffe Care Home in Juno Street, Nelson, for the past five and a half months. Until he was 101 he still lived in his own house, but he then had an accident, so he was taken to hospital for treatment before being transferred to the care home.

He was born in Barrowford in 1912 and went to St Thomas’s School.

He worked for a long time as a weaver at a mill in Barrowford, but later worked at Hindley’s at Bankfield Mill in Nelson. After that, he became a civil servant.

In his time away from his employment he loved working in his garden. His son Peter said: “He loved gardening. He used to exhibit lots of vegetables at the annual Barrowford Agricultural Show. And later, a few years before he came up to retirement, he started fishing, he enjoyed doing that.”

And his long life could be because of the way he has lived. Peter explained: “My father never smoked or drank!”

Mr Wainman has a daughter, Lynda, as well as son Peter. There are also four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Both children along with many of the grandchildren joined Mr Wainman for his celebrations.

And Peter said: “He certainly had a good time. He managed to blow the candle out on his cake. It absolutely went very well for him.”

The whole family enjoyed it all, too, of course – and the care home came up with food and drinks as well as a cake for them to enjoy.

Dercliffe Care Home has hosted lots of celebrations for its residents who have had key birthdays.

And lots of family members go along to mark the occasions there.