Continuing to shine at 99

Worried about the current situation? Take a leaf out of Harry Norris's book...

Many of us are feeling worried about the current situation and wondering when it’s all going to be over.

For Middlesbrough born Ageing Better Middlesbrough member Harry Norris however, he’s just taking it in his stride.

The 99 year old, who volunteered as an Airframe Fitter in the Royal Air Force at the beginning of the Second World War, says that even though we can’t do most of the things we would like to do at the moment, there is still plenty that can be done.

He said: “I’ve always liked to keep my mind occupied and my body fit.

“I was the treasurer at the TOFY Club (The Over Fifties Youth Club) and Sporting Chance, and a cashier at my local church.

“I also take part in carpet bowls and will continue to do so when I can get back out again. I love walking on the beach at Redcar with fish and chips and I regularly take part in exercise – wherever I am.”

Harry is also using his computer to stay in touch with family and friends.

He said: “My two children live in East and West Sussex and my six grandchildren live all over the world, so it’s hard enough to see them without being in the current situation.

“My son showed me how to set up Zoom and Facetime, so I can talk to them all and still feel like they are with me. It’s also helped me keep in touch with the people I’ve met through Ageing Better Middlesbrough.

“Technology is a wonderful thing and not something you should be scared of. Those five minutes of frustration you may have when trying to understand how apps work will seem like nothing once you can see the faces of those you love.”


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