Bett’s delight at Royal card to mark her 100th

Betsy Crowther, of Millreed Lodge, Walsden, celebrating her 100th birthday
Betsy Crowther, of Millreed Lodge, Walsden, celebrating her 100th birthday

A WOMAN celebrated her 100th birthday at a special party with family and friends.

Bett Crowther, who was born on September 18, 1911, had “a lovely day” as she marked her centenary on Sunday.

“It was something special,” she said. “It was lovely to see all my family and friends.”

She was delighted to receive a card from the Queen congratulating her. “I was very pleased to get my card,” she said. “I’m proud of her.”

Bett, the middle child of Sam and Kate Wilson, was one of seven children. She has lived in Walsden for most of her life, attending Roomfield School until she was 14. She worked at Dickenson Mill, Salford, and went on to work on the looms at one of the Lord brothers’ mills, on Halifax Road.

Bett said the happiest day of her life was when she married her husband, John Crowther, a well known cricketer, at York Street Chapel, now Central Methodist Church, aged 23. They then went on honeymoon to Blackpool.

When first married, Bett worked in a shop until she and John bought their own premises on Longfield Road, which they had for 20 years. She enjoyed serving the young children who would stand on a wooden chair to see sweets behind the counter.

Staff at Millreed Lodge in Walsden, where she lives, and her family have made a memory board charting her life. It is on display in her room.

She has one surviving sibling, her sister Kathleen, 93.