A LOSTOCK Gralam care home resident surprised staff when she revealed an unknown past working for the Land Army and in the nursing profession.

Lillie Lambert, 93, inspired staff at Crossways care home with her tales of life as a dairy farmer, a nurse and a nursing consultant before she retired aged 80.

Lillie’s retirement 13 years ago was only brought about after breaking her arm while out dancing, at that point she decided to call it a day and enjoy her hobbies; dancing, listening to music and reading.

“I had done a little nursing with the Red Cross when I was involved with the Land Army, and always enjoyed helping others,” she said.

“It was so rewarding to know you were making a difference back home during the war years, and this was something I wanted to continue when the war finished.

“It was only when I went out dancing one evening and broke my arm that it made me think of retiring. If I hadn’t done, I may still be working now and I’m 93!

“The years just kept rolling on when I was nursing. I very much enjoyed working and my colleagues and patients appreciated the work I did so it made it so worthwhile.

“One of my proudest moments was when I received a letter of thanks from the prime minister, David Cameron, for my services to the Land Army.”

Some of Lillie’s favourite memories of working for the Land Army were spending time as a dairy farmer, where in the first summer she spent on the farm it snowed in June, and her favourite bull, called Billy.

Chris Hiley, home manager at Crossways, said: “I can’t tell you how fantastic it is to listen to the life stories of all our residents – it’s amazing what you learn.

“Lillie’s life story prompted lots of our residents to come together to socialise and share their own memories of the Land Army and war years.

“Finding out about our residents’ likes and hobbies goes a long way in knowing what activities and events they will enjoy, and how we can help them to live with the dignity and wellbeing they deserve during their stay with us.”