Keen sports fan turning 100

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Estella Lamb says she does not have the slightest idea what the secret to a long life is.

Mrs Lamb will celebrate her 100th birthday on Sunday and is still living in her own home.

She lived on the family farm when she married her husband, James, 76 years ago. The couple had four children, Jim, Jeff (deceased), Ava (deceased) and Ian.

Over time, a lot had changed, she said. Farms used to be more family-based.

“I enjoyed working on the farm with family. It was hard work but I enjoyed it,” she said.

Her son, Jim, said Mrs Lamb had worked inside, making meals, and outside, helping with farm work.

“She helped lambing and tailing,” he said.

Mrs Lamb cooked for everyone working on the farm.

The Wendon Valley sheep farm was 174ha. Mrs Lamb had a keen interest in sport and had played for Waikaka Tennis Club, Jim said.

“She played netball, tennis and hockey. She played a lot of tennis; she still played for the club when I was at school.”

The couple had been heavily involved with the Waikaka Rugby Club and Mrs Lamb was a big fan of the All Blacks, Jim said.

“They (his parents) went to South Africa to see the All Blacks play.”

Mrs Lamb still enjoyed watching rugby, hockey, netball and tennis on television.

After the couple retired, they moved 20 years ago to the 4ha farm block where Mrs Lamb still lives.

She had married on her 24th birthday and was married for 73 years, Jim said.

Mrs Lamb met her husband after she moved to Waikaka in the late 1930s for work as a housemaid.

“Back then they had parties whenever a girl got married and had a send-off every time a man went overseas.”

Mrs Lamb is having a birthday afternoon tea at the Waikaka Sports Complex. Neighbours and friends are welcome to come and celebrate with the family from 2pm.