Mabel celebrates her 100th birthday

Mrs Mabel Riding. 100 years old, pictured with her nephew Craig Nicholls.'h7131a148

Mrs Mabel Riding. 100 years old, pictured with her nephew Craig Nicholls.'h7131a148

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THE YEAR Mabel Riding was born, King George V and Queen Mary’s coronation took place at Westminster Abbey.

Mrs Riding - formally Capstick - turned 100 last Thursday and celebrated with her family and friends at a party at the Barnsley Oak, South Elmsall.

Mrs Riding, who lived at Moorfield Place, Hemsworth, for 40 years, said: “I’m having a nice day and it’s great to be here with my family.”

Among her vast family at the party was the youngest addition, five-month-old Oliver Simons - her great-great nephew.

Mrs Riding was born on a farm in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, but her family moved to South Kirkby when she was 13 as her brother, Bill, had been scouted by South Kirkby Colliery Cricket team.

One of ten children, she married Lawton Riding in 1937 at South Kirkby All Saints Church and then moved to Hemsworth. She did not have any children but has many nephews and nieces who she cared for.

Niece Andrea Symonds, 65, of Barnsdale Way, Upton, said she is the loveliest person you could ever meet.

She said: “She is just so loving and caring and has looked after so many of us over the years like we were her own. She nurtured us from being so young. She is always there for me.”

Nephew Terry Nicholls, 67, of Everdale Mount, South Elmsall, moved in with her when he was eight after his parents divorced.

He said: “She is a remarkable woman, a mother to me in every sense of the word. We are all so excited and happy to celebrate the day with her.”

Mrs Riding bred bulldogs in her younger years and her favourite hobby is gardening.

Great niece Lisa Sellers, 40, of Longdale Drive, South Elmsall, visits her several times a week and said her independence is key to living to such a milestone age.

Nephew Ken Capstick, 70, of Wakefield, said: “She has been through two world wars and has had hard times and good times yet she is still here today.”