Music Greeted Her 93rd Birthday (picture)

April 1968

South Yorkshire Times April 27, 1968

Music Greeted Her 93rd Birthday

MRS. MARTHA ANNE ROBINSON, the oldest resident of Rowena House Old Folk’s Home in Conisbrough, celebrated her 93rd birthday on Monday, and had a record dedicated to her on Radio Sheffield.

Mrs. Robinson, who has lived in Conisbrough for over 40 Years, was born in Rothwell near Leicester, but, she says, she always wanted to live in Yorkshire and came at the first opportunity.

She was the second person to enter Rowena House at the beginning of 1965 and previously lived in Daylands Avenue. She has, one son, Frederick, a retired Conisbrough shoe repairer of Albany Road, Balby.

“I have no secret for long life,” she told the “South Yorkshire Times” this week, “I was brought up tough.” Her main asset is her activity. “There is no walking distance in Conisbrough I haven’t been,” she said. “I keep active and always walk when I could ride.”

An official celebration is to be held at Rowena House on Monday when the Parish Church Girls’ Friendly Society take a performance of their pantomime to entertain the residents.

A special gift was given to Mrs. Robinson by members of the Conisbrough branch of the Pensioners’ Club, who sent a request to Radio Sheffield. As a result, Harry Secombe’s “If I Ruled the World,” paid their tribute on the radio’s Monday lunchtime show.