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.
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. “