At 107 years old, is Ada Brayford the oldest person in Northampton?

Ada Brayford's 107th birthday party with her daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter and great-great-granddaughter NNL-141230-114057001
Ada Brayford's 107th birthday party with her daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter and great-great-granddaughter NNL-141230-114057001
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Believed to be one of the oldest residents in the town, a Northampton woman celebrated her 107th birthday with four generations of her family.

Ada Brayford, who moved into Burlington Court Care Home in Roseholme Road in Abington only this year from her home in Duston, marked the milestone with a party on Saturday.

Her daughter, 83-year-old Margaret Benstead, said: “They threw the mould away when they made her – she’s amazing.”

Born on December 27, 1907, in Stoke-on-Trent, Ada moved with her family to a cottage by a Warwickshire farm during the First World War, where she studied in a convent school.

After returning to her home town of Tunstall, she got her first job as a shop assistant in a department store and enjoyed playing the piano in local events.

Ada was married in 1930 and moved to London with her husband, who worked as a bread delivery man.

When the Second World War came, her two children were evacuated and she took up a job in a munitions factory.

When the war ended and the family were reunited, they worked together in a workmen’s cafe in Paddington and spent the next few years working in various pubs and clubs before moving to Canvey Island.

The family later moved to Wembley, where Ada’s husband passed away in 1986 and where she lived until moving with Margaret’s family to Duston in 2007.

Unable to walk unaided after a fall in 2012, Ada moved to Burlington Court where, she said, she is “well looked after and very happy”.

Commenting on her mother’s birthday, Mrs Benstead said: “Mother has been in fantastic health up until recent months and she doesn’t even have a single liver spot. Although she says she doesn’t like to be reminded how old she is, she has enjoyed receiving her four birthday cards from the Queen, which are always sent early to avoid getting lost in the Christmas post.
“Mother used to joke that it was a couple of glasses of sherry a day that kept her so fit. But she was always a hard worker and even used to come over to help me with my spring cleaning.”