Farewell to Nana Knitter, 106, a lady who loved life

Sylvia Harris celebrates her 106th birthday.
Sylvia Harris celebrates her 106th birthday.

One of Northumberland’s oldest people died at the end of last month, about a week before her 107th birthday.

Sylvia Harris, from Bamburgh and known to many in her family as Nana Knitter, died peacefully on March 29.

She was so called due to her almost constant knitting for her grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren as well as for premature babies at Hillcrest Maternity Unit in Alnwick.

Her daughter Gail said: “Mam was a people person, she loved and thrived on people and loved to keep in touch with family and friends. They were very important to Mam in her life.

“She was the best mam, the best nana and the best Nana Knitter anyone could ever have. She just loved life and just loved to feel alive and that’s why she wanted to be surrounded by people.”

The youngest of eight sisters, Sylvia was born in Durham in 1907 and moved around the North East as a child before marrying Alfred at the age of 22, going on to have three children – Douglas, Linda and Gail.

Alfred and Sylvia retired to Seahouses in 1962 and she moved to Craster when her husband died in 1972.

She then decided to move into the sheltered housing at Abbeyfield’s Armstrong House in Bamburgh when Gail and husband Harry bought a home in the village.

Abbeyfield Bamburgh house manager, Paula Lingwood, said: “Sylvia was an unassuming, kind lady, who made time for everyone she met, a warm person who made everyone feel welcome and at ease.

“Syliva was an integral part of Armstrong House and she will be deeply missed by all.”