Ruth celebrates her 100th birthday


FORMER Alfreton resident Ruth Harman, whose husband was a Methodist minister in mid-Derbyshire during the 1970s, has celebrated her 100th birthday.

More than 160 people, from as far as France and Spain, joined in the celebrations, which included a special service at Keyworth Methodist Church in Nottinghamshire, buffet lunch, speeches and presentations.

Twice-widowed, Mrs Harman was the wife of the late Rev Harry Summers, who was ordained in 1951 and served in Methodist circuits in East Anglia, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Gloucestershire. He ended his ministerial career in the South Normanton circuit and the couple lived in Cressy Road, Alfreton.

Mrs Harman’s second husband was Russell Harman of Keyworth, who worked for the National Children’s Home.

David Hopkinson of Alfreton, who led the service, recalled memories of the couple’s time in the Alfreton area, and Alan Copson spoke of Mrs Harman’s life in Keyworth.

A powerpoint presentation gave a photo-montage of Mrs Harman’s long life.

Mrs Harman received over 160 cards and a telegram from the Queen.

Monetary gifts in lieu of presents raised nearly £1,500 for the Macmillan Nurses.

Mrs Harman has three sons, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.