Flowers and parties for 100-year-old

100th birthday of Doris Cockroft.
100th birthday of Doris Cockroft.

A woman celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at Age UK day centre in Halifax.

Doris Cockcroft was also joined by her grandson Paul in the run up to the occasion, who flew in all the way from New Zealand.

The great-grandmother from King’s Court, Halifax said she had been treated like a queen all week and was thrilled to get a telegram from the Queen herself to mark the occasion.

She said:“Wherever we’ve been this week there seems to have been flowers waiting. I have felt very special.”

Mrs Cockcroft was born on 16th May 1914 and has lived in the area all of her life.

She said: “ I left Salterhebble school on the Friday at 14 and by Monday I started work at a greengrocers.”

She had several other jobs including a buyer at Farrar Mays store before she retired.

Mrs Cockcroft said the secret to her long life was keeping busy . Her husband, Anthony, died several years ago. “ It was a hard time in my life and I could have sat around and done nothing. But I joined a bridge club, a bowling club, a choir and even a magical society. Keeping busy has kept me happy.”