Eric Allison, 92, lives at Scarbrough Court in Cramlington, Northumberland. He moved to the Home in February 2009 with his wife Olive, as they felt they wanted some additional support.
Eric was born on 11 January 1926 in East Sleekburn near Cambois, Northumberland. He lived with his mother, father and his brother, as well as his grandparents who lived next door.
He recalls a childhood memory from when he asked his father for a shilling to go buy some chalk. However, his father told him to go to Galley Point and get chalk from a nearby coal mine. Unfortunately, on the way, Eric got stuck in quicksand and when he returned home, his mother took him out to their allotment and turned her son upside down to wash off the dirt with the outside tap.
Marriage and travels
Eric met Olive whilst cycling and they married on 25 March 1950. The couple enjoyed many happy years together, going camping and on holidays.
They loved seeing different parts of England and on their retirement they bought a caravan in Seahouses on the Northumberland Coast, where they spent time relaxing whenever possible.
Eric says: "There is no better place than England; we loved to see the hidden treasures of our country."
Eric has been a member of St Cuthberts Lodge in Bedlington for 65 years. He started his membership in April 1952 as a steward and built his way up to a master in 1961. He is recognised as the Worshipful Master Past General Registrar.
Life at the Home
In February 2009, Eric and Olive moved to Scarbrough Court, where they spent happy years together, even celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary. They occupied two spacious bedrooms in the Home's residential house, using one room as the bedroom and converting the other into a living room. Sadly, Olive became unwell and passed away.
Today, Eric lives in a one bedroom with en-suite facilities and tries to attend as many activities at the Home as he can. He still likes to attend his local lodge and enjoys getting out and about to the local shops. Eric loves taking part in the music and movement sessions and any other entertainment provided at Scarbrough Court.
Eric says: "At Scarbrough Court, I can stay as independent as I wish but staff are always there for me when I need them. I am well looked after here and over the years I have made many friends at the Home."