East Norfolk organist celebrates centenary
An Acle resident who played the organ in Hemsby Church for 50 years has celebrated her hundredth birthday.
Vera Powles received her card from the Queen and celebrated her landmark birthday on Friday February 5 at the Old Rectory Care Home in Acle where she now lives.
Vera was born in Lowestoft in 1921 and three years later moved with her parents to East Somerton. When she was 11 years old, she went to St Louis Convent School in Great Yarmouth and learned how to play the piano. After leaving school, Ms Powles worked as cashier and dispenser at Boots chemist.
She married Bob Powles, a Winterton man and member of the Royal Navy, during WWII, and bombs fell on Northgate Street in Great Yarmouth on their wedding day. The couple moved to Hemsby after the war, and Vera continued to live there after husband Bob died until she was 94, when she moved to the care home in Acle.
Vera played the organ at St Mary's Church in Hemsby during the whole of the 50 years she lived in the village.
She has a son, Stuart, a daughter Joanne, four grandsons and ten great-grandchildren.
This is based on an article in the Eastern Daily Press.
The picture of Vera with her card from the Queen is courtesy of the Old Rectory Care Home in Acle.
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