A new year and a new century for Margaret!

Margaret Flather
Margaret Flather

TV quiz shows help centurion Margaret Flather keep her mind razor-sharp.

She also enjoys reciting poetry from her early days on stage when her church put on shows written in Yorkshire dialect.

And, her broad accent has been taped for use by the University of California to help actors pick-up Yorkshire pronunciation.

Mrs Flather, of Norland, turned 100 on New Year’s Eve and held an open house.

She attended Greetland School and Bowling Green School, Stainland, and aged 14 started work at a Holywell Green laundry.

In 1939 she married her late husband John and left work two years later to bring up their daughter Elizabeth (now Dunn).

Mrs Flather has had a life-long involvement with St Andrew’s Church, Stainland.

She was the last secretary of the former St Andrew’s Mothers’ Union branch and has fond memories of church shows.

Dressmaking, crochet and cake decorations were among her hobbies and today she is an avid watcher of TV quizzes.

“I have led an active and happy life and had some fun,” she said.

“Sad times as well, but we have all to get over those.”

Her special memories include two visits to the Royal Albert Hall and as a teenager winning a competition to fly in an aeroplane when Sir Alan Cobham brought his Flying Circus to Brighouse.

She also has two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.