Amy is Derry’s happiest centenarian

WAVE FOR THE CAMERA!. . . .A sprightly 101 years-old Amy Ferris pictured celebrating her birthday yesterday at Brooklands Nursing Home, Northland Road, with from left Jhunior Alfonso, Care Assistant, Aine Coyle, Care Assistant, Claire Gormley, Deputy Nurse Manager and Caroline McDaid, Care Assistant. 0507JM02

WAVE FOR THE CAMERA!. . . .A sprightly 101 years-old Amy Ferris pictured celebrating her birthday yesterday at Brooklands Nursing Home, Northland Road, with from left Jhunior Alfonso, Care Assistant, Aine Coyle, Care Assistant, Claire Gormley, Deputy Nurse Manager and Caroline McDaid, Care Assistant. 0507JM02

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Amy Ferris turned 101 yesterday but is still a lady who knows what she wants.

The Brooklands Nursing Home resident was happy enjoying her birthday among friends on Monday, though she insisted her 101st celebrations were no more special than the preceding 100.

“I’m happy to see them all at this stage,” she laughed.

Amy was surrounded by balloons, banners, birthday cards and her fellow Brooklands residents in the garden of the care facility. Amy, who has lived in the Northlands Road facility for the last five years, said: “They are very good to me here.

“I suppose I’m living here too long but they look after me well and it’s a nice place so I’m happy,” smiled the warm hearted pensioner.

Originally hailing from Osborne Street in Rosemount, Amy has always held the area close to her heart.

“I’ve lived in a few nice places but you always come home don’t you?” she smiled.

Having lived through World Wars I and II, the invention of television, the motor car, space travel and Derry’s troubles, Mrs. Ferris attributes her longevity and happiness to: “a nice walk”.

“I never ran or did keep fit, nothing like that; I just took a nice walk and always walked in a nice way if you know what I mean,” she said with a cheeky twinkle.

“If there was a secret to reaching 101 I would tell you but I can’t think of anything except being happy and enjoying a good walk.”

The mother of two not only raised children Arthur and Delma but was instrumental is setting up Derry’s first Credit Union.

“A lot of that was down to Dennis Curran.

“He was great to work with, a lovely good man,” said the modest Mrs. Ferris.

The Journal staff would like to extend our congratulations and birthday wishes to Mrs. Ferris.