Lyme’s Facebook whiz Joan celebrates 100th birthday

Lyme Regis resident Joan Cool, pictured with her birthday cake and card from the Queen on her 100th birthday last week

LYME Regis resident Joan Cool celebrated her 100th birthday last week – but that doesn’t stop her from keeping up with the latest technology.

Joan, a resident of Fairfield House, keeps in touch with her family and stays up to date with the latest news using Facebook, regularly taking part in debates on local issues on the social media platform.

She even appeared on television a few years ago for a BBC Spotlight feature on elderly people embracing the digital age.

Joan’s family and friends joined her for lunch at Lyme Regis Golf Club to celebrate her special birthday last Wednesday, followed by a get-together and birthday cake at Fairfield House.

She received a card from the Queen and her daughter presented her with a book of photos outlining her life history.

Born in Huddersfield in 1919, Joan Cool (nee White) became a nurse at a fever hospital aged 17, as she was too young to go into general nursing.

She later passed her general nursing exams in 1942, aged 23, working at Northampton General Hospital, and became a flying officer in the RAF during the Second World War, joining the Princess Mary RAF Nurses.

After the war, Joan worked as an industrial nurse and married at 28, later having a son and a daughter.

She moved to Lyme Regis in the 1990s and now has five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

When asked the secret to a long and healthy life, Joan said it wasn’t a glass of sherry or whiskey like many others suggest.

“I was given a good start by my family, I have always looked after my health and got to the doctors before it’s got me,” she said.

“I had two great aunts who lives to 105 and 102 so I must have got my genes from them.”

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