When the milk came by horse-drawn cart

Annie Butters celebrates her 100th birthday.
Annie Butters celebrates her 100th birthday.

Today Annie Butters was celebrating her 100th birthday, watched by family and friends.

Annie, who was born and raised in Luddenden Foot, now lives at Springfield Care Home, Shelf.

The great-grandma moved to Northowram in the 1980s.

She left school aged 14 after her father’s early death and began working in the mills to keep her family going.

She married Lewis in 1940 and the pair had two children – Diane and Sylvia.

Annie attended St Mary’s in Luddenden for many years and was a Sunday school teacher, member of the church council and the enrolling member of the Mothers’ Union.

Annie has had a lifelong interest in amateur dramatics, acting and producing plays, concerts, pantomimes and Nativities.

She was one of the first Ranger-Guides and became District Commissioner for the Guides in the Luddenden district.

Plenty has changed throughout her liftime.

She remembers the first cars arriving in the village and the milkman delivering milk with a horse and cart.

Annie will receive a letter of congratulations from the Queen – whose coronation she remembers watching on a neighbour’s TV.

Annie was marking her milestone today with a party at the care home.

Throughout the week she will have visits from her two daughters, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.