Gran who celebrated 106th birthday is still dancing - The Leamington Observer

Gran who celebrated 106th birthday is still dancing

Catherine Thompson 28th Jan, 2018 Updated: 30th Jan, 2018   0

SHE may be 106, but Nasib Kaur has no plans to stop dancing just yet.

The sprightly Leamington centenarian – who lost husband Ujagar 15 years ago – remains remarkably independent and actually still lives on her own through choice.

She happily carries out her own cooking and cleaning on the seventh floor of an apartment building, and actually refused the offer of a ground-floor flat.

But with six children, 28 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren, Nasib is never short of visitors.

Granddaughter Jazz said: “My nan is very much independent and does not wish to move in with any of her children or grandchildren.

“Her ethos is, while she is able, she will continue cooking and cleaning. When family visit they will always do a spot of cleaning and take her some food but daily she will do these tasks for herself.

“Nan loves dancing anywhere she can. At weddings and parties, she is always the first to get the party going and loves a good sing-song.”

She added her nan also loved to travel on the train to visit her extensive family across the West Midlands.

And when she celebrated her 106th birthday on New Year’s Day, the twice great-grandmother received her sixth telegram from The Queen – who in a rare change of protocol, personally signed it.

In a birthday tribute, her daughter Gurmit said her mother worked extremely hard to raise her and her five siblings, and provided them with the best possible start in life.

Something which may not have been possible had her young family not survived the border crossing to India during the formation of Pakistan in 1947.

Nasib described the partition as ‘harrowing’, as families were forced to flee their homes as conflict swept the country.

Nasib’s family set up home in England in 1969 after Ujagar found work in a concrete factory in Bedfordshire.

Nasib talks of earning just £4 a week in a hotel, which paid the bills and for weekly shopping. She was even able to put some aside for savings.

The mum-of-six puts the secret of her long life down to simply ‘being happy’.

Jazz said: “Nan is such a happy soul. She has a very positive outlook on life and is delighted to have a very big family around her.

“The many telegrams from The Queen keep her going and she was delighted to have received this year’s telegram personally signed by Her Majesty.”


Advertise with the Leamington Observer to reach your audience


Receive a weekly update to your inbox by signing up to our weekly newsletter.


Weddings, Birthdays, Bereavements, Thank you notices, Marriages and more.


Find a career you'll love with our free career finder website.