Mary’s century celebration

DUKINFIELD resident Mary Thompson celebrated her 100th birthday with a congratulatory card from the Queen.

Though Mary is a native of Dukinfield, where she has lived all her life, she spent time in Hyde working at Newton Mill at the start of the Second World War and was also employed by footwear firm James North.

She also had spells working at Ferranti and for Bostocks, a wholesaler who supplied confectionary to shops.

Mary, who lived alone until the age of 97, has been a resident at The Beeches care home on Yew Tree Lane since January 2017.

“Mum lived on her own in a terraced house with steep stairs and was very independent,” explained son Alan,70.

Mary, who still enjoys bingo and quizzes at The Beeches, was born on April 26, 1919 and was a pupil at St Mark’s and later Lakes Road.

She met her husband-to-be Harry at work and they married in 1942 and lived in Dukinfield throughout their 52 years of marriage on Underwood Street, Adamson Street and Dewsnap Lane where she lived for 50 years.

Mary, who was widowed in 1994, has son Alan, grandchildren Jonathan and Peter and great grandson Lewis.

She was well travelled visiting Spain, Yugoslavia, Italy and Switzerland and she enjoyed attending dances at the Jubilee Hall, Dukinfield.

Mary also enjoyed gardening, reading, knitting, listening to music, watching dancing programmes and soaps.

The Beeches is hoping there will be further celebrations as two further residents will celebrate their 100th birthdays later this year.

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