The party atmosphere was in full swing last Thursday, as the family and friends of a Mytholm Court resident gathered to celebrate a very special birthday.
Phyllis Walstow celebrated her 100th birthday last Tuesday and enjoyed a week of celebration as faces old and new, including the Mayor of Calderdale, Pat Allen and the Mayor of Hebden Royd, Jonathan Timber, helped her to mark the occasion.
Born in Higher Openshaw, Greater Manchester, Phyllis was brought up by her mother and brother, after her father was killed in war when she was just nine months old.
After leaving school when she was 16, Phyllis began working in a local Post Office before forging a 30-year career as a teacher when WWII came to an end.
“I loved teaching and I felt as though I made a good impact on the children,” Phyllis said.
“I taught until I was 60 and I’ve even received birthday cards from children I taught at infant school.”
Following the end of her teaching career, Phyllis looked after her mother, but made sure to keep her mind active with a range of adult education classes including cookery, art and local history.
Although Phyllis never married, she adopted her daughter Judith in 1955 and now enjoys family life with her three grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
When asked for her tips for a long life, Phyllis said: “Keep interested, keep moving and just keep going.”