TV stars drop in at bash for Kathleen, 103

Kathleen Williams' 103rd birthday at Clover House
Kathleen Williams' 103rd birthday at Clover House
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One of Calderdale’s oldest residents had some VIP guests to help her celebrate her 103rd birthday.

Great grandmother Kathleen Williams had a bash at Clover House nursing home in Halifax, where she was presented with a ‘This is your life’ book by Coronation Street actors Sue Cleaver and Tony Hirst, who play Eileen Grimshaw and Paul Kershaw in the ITV soap.

Coronation Street actors Sue Cleaver and Tony Hirst present Kathleen Williams with a book to commemorate her 103rd birthday

Coronation Street actors Sue Cleaver and Tony Hirst present Kathleen Williams with a book to commemorate her 103rd birthday

Staff at the home - where Mrs Williams has lived for the past eight years - had also made an exhibition of photos of her throughout her life, from when she was a little girl.

Sophie Hussain, manager of Clover House, said: “Everyone had a lot of fun and it was a very memorable day for Kathleen and her family.”

Mrs Williams was born on February 21 1910. She had two sisters and a brother, Harold, who was killed in the Royal Flying Corps in 1918. She worked as a secretary to Ian Maclean, the chairman of Crossley Carpets before she married Jack Williams in 1938, who played rugby union for Ovenden Park.

In the mid-50s the couple, and son John, moved to Sunderland and Jack worked as transport manager for the North Eastern Electricity Board, where Katheleen worked as a supervisor in the typing pool.

The couple retired to Sowerby Bridge and spent a lot of time travelling around northern Europe.

Son John Williams, 66, of Ripponden, said his mum was fit and healthy through to her 90s - despite a 40-year smoking habit. He said: “She lived up Burnley Road, at the top end of Sowerby Bridge, and would walk down to the supermarket in town and walk back up - she was doing that until her late 80s.”

John said the staff threw a great party for his mum’s special day. “The staff and management there are first class. Everyone had a good day - and Sue and Tony were very good. “