Rugby resident who bounced back from Covid-19 celebrates her 101st birthday

Joan Blinco celebrating her 101st birthday. Image: Barchester Healthcare Submitted by Samantha Fawcett

Celebrations were in full swing at Overslade House care home in Rugby, Warwickshire, as Joan Blinco (nee Dytham) celebrated her 101st birthday with residents and staff. In her centenary year, much-loved member of the Rugby community, Joan contracted Covid-19 but fought it with an inner strength to bounce back to health and regain her smile. Growing up in Rugby, as a teenager Joan loved to play hockey and netball, now in her later years, she loves to watch the Rugby and is an avid supporter of The Leicester Tigers.

Joan has concentrated her whole life on her family. Her son is a truck driver, and her daughter a hairdresser. She has seven grandchildren that light up her life every time they visit.

Joan’s eldest grandchild lives in Australia and although she will say she’s far from technology proficient, calling her mobile that ‘idiot phone’, she has mastered Facetime and regularly links with the family in Oz. One of Joan’s passions is classical music, coming from a musical family. Her mother was in service from 1892, and her father was a musician who played for the soldiers throughout the war years.

Joan used to play the same brass instruments.

Getting married at the start of WW2 in the height of rations, Joan missed out on a wedding dress, however, she recalls it being a very special day for her and her husband, Herbert (Bert to his friends) who at the time worked as a machinist at British Thomson-Houston (BTH) in Rugby.

Violeta Baesu, general manager of Barchester Overslade House, said: “We’re delighted to be part of Joan’s 101st birthday celebrations, she’s a remarkable lady, always happy to chat, and loves nothing more than listening to Classic FM.”