Annie celebrates her 106th birthday

RYHILL pensioner Annie Hartley does not feel her age – but the woman believed to be the district's oldest turned 106 on Monday.

Monday, 1st March 2010, 11:28 am
Updated Tuesday, 2nd March 2010, 2:30 pm

When Mrs Hartley was born in 1904, Edward VII was on the throne and work was due to start on the Panama Canal in Central America.

More than a century later, she celebrated her big day with family and friends at Victoria House Care Home on Nostell Lane.

Mrs Hartley was married to Matthew, a miner at Monckton pit, who died 36 years ago.

She raised five children, Harold, Bob, Betty Bennington, Trevor and Walter, and has nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

She said she had been in good health all her life and had never had a headache, drunk alcohol or smoked.

Mrs Hartley kept working until she was 73, saying she enjoyed working hard in her job as a cleaner and housekeeper.

She added: “I don’t feel any different. I don’t feel my age.”

Mrs Hartley praised staff at the home, saying: “It is marvellous what they do. I have a lot of good memories. You have got to laugh.”

In 2004, Mrs Hartley celebrated her 100th birthday with a special gift from family and friends, who bought her a garden seat and engraved brass plaque.

Mrs Hartley, who lived on Brunswick, Ryhill, also received a letter from the Queen and a card from her local MP, Jon Trickett.