Catherine makes it a hat-trick 100 for The Beeches

CATHERINE Ann Reed completed a remarkable hat-trick of 100th birthdays celebrated by residents of The Beeches Care Home, Dukinfield, in little over six months.

It followed on from Mary Thompson and Kath Meek who had earlier reached the landmark birthday.

Catherine Meeks with children

Care home manager Louise Clifford, who has worked at The Beeches for 17 years, said: “In my time here we had never had a 100th birthday and then we had three at once – it was like waiting for a bus.

“We previously had residents reach 99 years of age and one man came here aged 101 and lived to be 103. He was our oldest-ever resident.”

Catherine, still able to walk unaided, has an active mind and reads the Daily Mail each day and does its crosswords with daughter Monica saying she is very good at them.

She has always taken herbal supplements and said the secret to reaching 100 was not letting anything get her down and getting on with life and being surrounded by a supportive family.

Catherine, who lived alone in a cottage in Uppermill until the age of 98, was born on Swindell Street, Ashton, and was the eldest of three children.

She went to St Mary’s School and after passing her 11 plus went to study at Notre Dame RC Grammar School.

Catherine with her card from the Queen

However, because of family circumstances she had to leave school aged 14 and went to work in a local cotton mill.

Catherine met her husband Hiram, to whom she was married for 72 years, at a dance at Waterloo Liberal Club.

They had four children, daughters Barbara, who lives in Australia, Monica and Angela and son David. She also has 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Catherine, who was widowed five years ago, spent most of her working life as a district auxiliary nurse working in hospitals and in the community.

Her hobbies were knitting, sewing, dancing and spending time with her family.

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