Pupils from Spilsby’s Halton Holegate Primary School paid a special visit to Skegness today to wish Nancy Jenner a happy 100th birthday.
Centurion, Nancy Jenner has lived in Skegness all her life and currently resides in Sandbeck Nursing Home, Skegness.
Today Nancy received a special card and letter from the queen to celebrate the occasion and the pupils all sang ‘happy birthday’ to her.
Nancy was Born in Mansfield on June 5, 1914.
Her father Ernest fought in WWI and came back injured and lived the rest of his life wearing a surgical boot due to shrapnel in his leg.
Nancy’s family moved to Skegness in 1923 and had a boarding house on Drummond Road, named Arlington House.
The family then had the Fountaindale built and moved there, which is still now a hotel; only a few doors down from Sandbeck House.
After this, the family lived on Beresford Avenue.
Nancy taught at Halton Holegate for 18 years and then at Ingoldmells Primary School for a further ten, until she retired.
Nancy’s younger brother was deputy head at the Morris Secondary School in Skegness.
Nancy was never married and had no children.
The children also handed Nancy a specially made birthday card signed by all the pupils at the school.
After the children sang, Nancy thanked the children and joked: “A day away from school is a treat isn’t it”?
Nancy was also visited by neighbours of hers for eleven years, Roger and Shirley Howe, who regularly visit.
When Nancy lived next door to them they remember first meeting her when she handed them some home grown veg from her garden over the fence.
Nancy’s niece, Debbie Jenner and nephew Peter, also visited and gifted her a special picture frame to put her letter from the queen in, however nephew Richard from Scotland was unable to make the journey.
Nancy Said: “I’m very lucky to have a caring family and I’m very fortunate that I still feel very well and that is fortunate, when you get to my age.”
She said to the children: “Thank you all very much for visiting and for the card, I shall treasure it.”
She advised the children to work hard at school, adding: “When you grow up, all that matters is that you become good citizens.”
She also added: “It’s very likely that I taught some of your grandparents and perhaps one day I will come to your school and visit one day.”
Staff at Sandbeck House collectively agreed that Nancy was a typical ‘old school’ teacher, often treating them like children and ‘keeping them in line’.
“She’s a real character with a very dry sense of humour”, they added.