Nan, 103, still takes
bus to town
Written byJONATHAN HORSFALL
Mrs Anderson, who was featured in the News Telegraph in 2003 when she celebrated her milestone 100th birthday, plans to enjoy a quiet day at home with visits from family and friends.
"It'll just be an ordinary day to me," she told the News Telegraph.
Mrs Anderson, known locally as Nan, still lives independently in the home she bought with her late husband, Alfred, more than 40 years ago.
"Should I need any help, all my family would come and help me," she said.
"I dont feel any older now than I did when I was 100. I am still able to do all my chores."
Still an active member of her community, Mrs Anderson is a member of the local Mothers Union and the Appletree Ladies Group at Boylestone.
She also has what she calls her "church duties" at St Andrews Church, which she has attended since moving to Cubley and which is part of the view from her home.
Mrs Anderson, who still catches a bus into Ashbourne each week to do her shopping, has two daughters, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, with the youngest being just 10 months old.
Born in 1903, Mrs Anderson has lived through two world wars and seen many changes in the way people live their lives, from transport and currency through to equal voting rights:
Mrs Anderson was born in the same year that suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst formed the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), which campaigned for women to be given the right to vote.
Also born in 1903 was author George Orwell, best known for writing the acclaimed books Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm. He died in 1950.
It was also the year that car and driver licences were introduced in Britain.
Nigeria became a British colony in 1903 and remained so until 1960.
In her lifetime, Mrs Anderson has also seen the introduction of cars and motorised public transport, television and the decimal currency system . . . not to mention the micro-chip age of computers and mobile phones.