Birthday milestone for ex-shopkeeper

Millie Greenwood, who celebrates her 90th birthday on February 4th
Millie Greenwood, who celebrates her 90th birthday on February 4th

A WELL-known former shopkeeper in Siddal, Halifax, was celebrating her 90th birthday today.

Popular Millie Greenwood will be surrounded by friends and family in a bash tonight at Siddal Rugby Club to mark her special day.

Mrs Greenwood and her late husband Freddie ran F&E Greenwood’s in Oxford Lane for nearly 30 years before it was compulsory purchased by the council in 1979.

She said: “We got to know everyone. It was a busy shop.

“People would come and meet there.

“We would close at about 7.30pm, or 2pm on a Sunday, and we’d be upstairs when someone would knock and say ‘Millie, can I have a tin of salmon? So and so’s come for tea and I’ve got no food in. I’ll give you the money next week’.

“They always did. I loved the shop. That was life and I wouldn’t have had it any different.

“The whole family mucked in, even grandchildren. They loved it.

“Years after, when I’d walk around Siddal, people would shout over to me ‘Hey, Millie, get us a bacon sandwich!’”

Siddal-born Mrs Greenwood was 17 when she met Freddie while she worked at a shop in Hanson Lane. They married at Siddal Methodist Church in 1941.

Mr Greenwood was one of the first to put money in to create Siddal Ex-Servicemen’s Club.

After the shop closed, Mrs Greenwood – with the help of her family – distributed books on wheels for the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service for 15 years until she was 77.

She and Freddie celebrated their diamond wedding before he died four years ago.

She was also a keen singer and a former member of Halifax Amateur Operatic Society.

They had two children, six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.