FRIENDS and family gathered outside a local care home last week to sing happy birthday to a 90-year-old resident.

Joyce Wilson, of the Manors, in Prudhoe, celebrated her birthday last Friday and was bowled over by the show of support from well wishers.

Joyce’s daughter, Lynne Lewis, of Wark, had planned for the pair to mark the occasion with an overnight stay at Nidd Hall, in Yorkshire.

However, owing to the coronavirus, the trip was postponed.

With assistance from activities co-ordinator Lauren Mckie and scheme manager for the Manors, Mark Pae, Joyce was given a birthday to remember, albeit from her window.

Well wishers lined the streets as North-East singer Tom Wyllie led the chorus, and pupils from Highfield Middle School, in the town, made birthday cards with one, Kayleigh Hewitt, also making a cake.

Joyce was born in Consett in 1930 and moved to Prudhoe following the death of her husband, Les Wilson, of Greenside.

Following a heart attack six years ago, Joyce started attending cardiac rehabilitation classes at Prudhoe Waterworld.

With a new lease of life, she later joined a weekly aerobic class at the Manors.

She would often join daughter Lynne for a swim at the George Hotel, in Chollerford.

Lynne said: “She is a very kind, caring, independent person. She has worked hard all of her life; during her career, helping me with my four children and striving to help others.

“Her personality and determination have helped her to keep going through these very difficult times and I would say have helped her to reach this fantastic milestone of 90-years-old. She has been my rock throughout my life and I am so very proud of her.”