Joyce, 86, is famous among everyone at Manchester Cares for her dancing – she consistently puts her younger neighbours to shame with her moves at our monthly Collyhurst dance club! Born in that very same area in 1932, Joyce is a fount of knowledge about our city, past and present. We caught up with her to find out more about why she loves Manchester, and why she loves our community.
How long have you lived in Manchester?
I was born in Collyhurst in 1932 and apart from a few months when I was evacuated to Darwin, I have lived in Manchester all my life. After being bombed out in early 1942, we were relocated to Newton Heath where I have lived most of my life.
What’s your favourite part of the city?
My favourite spot in Manchester, although there are many lovely parts, has to be Albert Square because of our beautiful old Town Hall, and our very different but striking New Town Hall.
What did you do when you were younger?
I’ve had various jobs, but after spending several years at home being a mother to four children, I spent the rest of my working life mainly as an accounts clerk.
How did you get involved with Manchester Cares?
I got involved when Manchester Cares came to the communal lounge where I live and ran a quiz and I very much enjoyed it.
Tell us something surprising about yourself.
The only surprising thing I can tell you about myself is that at 86 I am still enjoying life, and still living it to the full.
What’s the best thing about being involved with Manchester Cares?
The best thing about Manchester Cares is meeting new people. My favourite activity is dancing, closely followed by the quizzes. The community is full of wonderful people: who treat you as a person and not as an old biddy! Get involved - you will never regret it!
Posted by Lauren Banks on Friday 22nd March 2019
Lauren is the Head of Programmes at Manchester Cares.