Age is no barrier as Joyce keeps it ‘reel’

Joyce stocks with son Mike Kerrigan.
Joyce stocks with son Mike Kerrigan.
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A SUTTON on Sea lady, known for her life talks, has been praised by her son for embracing the digital age and becoming a computer whizz.

Eighty three-year-old Joyce Stocks, a former career woman in the film industry now turned public speaker, is using technology to captivate her audience even more.

Joyce has toured the local area giving talks on her life’s work for the past 11 years, entertaining over 5,000 people in that time.

Her son, Mike Kerrigan, says she should be applauded for taking on the technology challenge despite being in her twilight years.

“When it comes to computer wizardry, my mum has it nailed,” he said. “At 83, and with a mental agility of someone half her age, she can proudly boast a wealth of experience using her PC.”

Her talks, entitled My Reel Life, were previously reliant upon scores of newspaper cuttings and slides of her career as director on the film circuit. Now from her trusty Apple computer and projector, Joyce is able to regale audiences with stories about her career and engage them visually.

“Mastering the technicalities hasn’t always been easy,” said Joyce. “But over time I have learned so many useful and enjoyable things with this kind of home computer.”

Mike admits that barely a day goes by without his mother phoning for help with a computer problem, but he is rightfully proud of her patience and ability to learn new skills.

Joyce concluded: “Although I purchased my first PC nearly 18 years ago, at age 65, Mike’s encouragement to using an Apple computer has brought me much more enjoyment, for both the benefit of my audiences and for me personally.”

Do you know a local person performing against the odds? Let us know, email sam.kinnaird@jpress.co.uk.