100th birthday for Halifax lady

Anne Smythe turned 100 years old and celebrated with a party at Trinity Fold Care Home, Halifax'Pictured from left are Mayor of Calderdale coun Keith Watson, and Anne Smyth
Anne Smythe turned 100 years old and celebrated with a party at Trinity Fold Care Home, Halifax'Pictured from left are Mayor of Calderdale coun Keith Watson, and Anne Smyth

A GREAT-GRANDMOTHER from Halifax celebrated her 100th birthday this week with the mayor of Calderale, Coun Keith Watson, at Trinity Fold Residential Care Home, Blackwall.

Anne Smyth turns 100 today and will be celebrating with friends and family on Saturday.

The youngest of thirteen children, Anne was born in Cumbria but moved to Halifax shortly after she got married in 1935, as her husband Nathaniel Smyth had joined the Halifax Borough Police Force, where he served as a constable and sergeant for more than 25 years.

They lived in Ovenden and Illingworth for most of their lives and belonged to St Malachy’s Parish, in which Anne was a member of the Union of Catholic Mothers.

In 1966 they moved to Mount Tabor and St Columba’s Parish will be offering prayers for their oldest parishioner on her birthday.

Anne also belonged to the League of Friends of Halifax General Hospital and attended Mount Tabor Luncheon Club.

Nathaniel died in 1979, shortly after their 44th wedding anniversary. They had three children, seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Anne, who has lived at Trinity Fold since 2009, said: “I just stopped counting birthdays after my 66th.

“The secret is being happy healthy, enjoying a nice cup of tea.”

Family and friends from all over the country will be joining Anne on Saturday for more birthday celebrations.