110-year-old Amy joins an exclusive club

Date: Friday 20th October 2017
Amy Johnson celebrated her 110th birthday
Amy Johnson celebrated her 110th birthday

TELEVISION cameras descended on Shap this week to capture the moment as villager Amy Johnson celebrated her 110th birthday with family and friends.

The great-great-grandmother is believed to be one of just four “super centenarians” — those who have reached 110 years and over — in the UK. Friends called at Mrs. Johnson’s home to wish her well throughout the day on Wednesday.

Originally from Westmoreland, Jamaica, she was one of five sisters and originally worked as a dressmaker — a skill she continued to employ into her 90s.

She moved from Jamaica to Rosgill, near Shap, in 1961 at the age of 54 to live with her daughter and son-in-law. She helped bring up her grandchildren, Stuart, Ann and Mark, while her daughter, Doreen Lee, was working as a district nurse in the Shap area for more than 30 years.

She and Mrs. Lee now live together in Shap and Mrs. Johnson still manages to get to the village’s St. Michael’s Church, when her health allows, where she is known affectionately as Grandma.

In her long life, Mrs. Johnson has lived through two world wars and seen 21 British Prime Ministers in office. She has received 10 cards from the Queen — one each year since her 100th birthday.

And her tips for a long and happy life? Family, faith and staying fit.