Winnie’s thanks for wonderful day

Winnie Gaukroger celebrates her 100th birthday at Ferney Lee Old People's Home, Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden.

Winnie Gaukroger celebrates her 100th birthday at Ferney Lee Old People's Home, Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden.

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A WOMAN had plenty of festive cheer as she celebrated her 100th birthday on Christmas Eve.

Winnie Gaukroger, of Ferney Lee Old People’s Home, Todmorden, celebrated the milestone with a party attended by family, friends and fellow residents.

“It was quite a day,” she said.

“We had a wonderful party.

“I’ve got quite a few nieces and nephews. They all came to visit.

“They are all very kind.

“I had a lovely day.

“It couldn’t have been better.”

Winnie was thrilled to receive a card from the Queen congratulating her on her 100th birthday.

“I was very proud,” Winnie said.

“I didn’t think that I would get one, but when I got it I was so thrilled.

“It’s a beautiful photo of her. It’s lovely.”

Reflecting on her centenary, Winnie said: “It’s a good age.

“There’s no secret. Just take what comes along and do your best with it.

“And a sherry or two. That helps.”

Winnie was born in Halifax on December 24, 1912.

She was the second youngest of seven children.

She was married to her husband Harold for many years before he passed away.

She has been a resident at Ferney Lee for the past six months.

There was a special guest at her celebrations as Mayor of Todmorden Coun Abid Hussain called in to congratulate the birthday girl.

“I’ve never been kissed by a man with a beard before,” Winnie said.

“He was funny. He brought me a bottle of sherry.”

She added: “I would like to thank everybody for giving me a wonderful day.”