Bomb-maker Christina Jones has a blast as she reaches 100
SHE trained as a "lady's companion" but when war broke out Christina Jones found herself making bombs!
The dramatic change in jobs did not take its toll on doughty Mrs Jones though – she has reached the ripe old age of 100.
She enjoyed her centenary at her home at Kilburn Care Centre with a party, cake and 1940s songs.
Mrs Jones credits her long life to being determined.
Her son, Gordon Jones, said: "She's never smoked or drunk so I think that's helped her reach triple figures, too. Mum has been a widow for the last 60 years of her life because dad died when she was just 40. I'm sure she'd say that's helped her live a long life!"
When she left school at 14, she trained to be a lady's companion, a friend who accompanied wealthy ladies on their day-to-day businesses. She worked in Twickenham.
Her son, who lives in Darley Abbey, said: "She did this until she was about 23, when she married my dad, Wilfred. I'm not sure how they met, but I know they met and married quite quickly.
"Then I came along when mum was 26 and she never went back to work after that, not until the war started."
Throughout the Second World War, Mrs Jones worked at Radcliffe Ammunitions factory in County Durham, near to where she grew up.
When her husband died, she became a school cook. She worked for 25 years at Thornhill Special School, in Hartlepool, until she retired at the age of 65.
Her son said: "She loved what she did and really enjoyed cooking for the disabled children. She liked cooking anyway and doing it on a large scale was great fun for her."
It was in 2004 that Mrs Jones came to Derby, to be closer to her son, who had moved here to work as an engineer at Rolls-Royce.
Mr Jones said: "I've been an engineer all my life – I'm retired now – and Derby was a great hub for it. I loved working at Rolls-Royce."
Mrs Jones lived independently in Allestree and walked a couple of miles each day until around five years ago.
Her son said: "She's always been in good health, but is more or less wheelchair-bound now. Her legs are starting to go but she's only in the care centre because she couldn't cope on her own."