ALICE Wynne had every reason to enjoy her birthday party – it was her 108th.
For the Rastrick woman, turning 108 was another highlight of 2012.
In May she attended a Buckingham Palace Garden Party and got to meet the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Yesterday was her big day and staff at the Lands House Care Home on New Hey Road threw a party for her.
The Mayor of Calderdale, Clr John Hardy, even popped by for a cup of celebratory tea.
A sprightly Alice said: “I can’t believe I’m 108, I don’t feel any different.
“I don’t think I’ve done anything differently to be 108.
“I’m looking forward to a party.”
Alice talked about attending the Buckingham Palace Garden Party on May 29, after an invite came thanks to Calder Valley MP, Craig Whittaker.
Alice said: “I’ve never seen so many people in all my life – there was a lot of hustle and bustle.
“It’s a big place. The last time I was there was for the Changing of the Guard, which was a long time ago.
“I was surprised when I saw the Queen, I didn’t expect to see her.
“I spoke to Prince Philip and he was nice.
“Kate knelt down and touched my hand and said it was nice to meet me. I told her we both had fancy hats on.
“Prince Charles told me to get a well deserved cup of tea.”
When she was younger Alice worked on a fruit and veg stall on Halifax market and also in a woollen mill.
She had a sister and two brothers and went on to marry her sweetheart, Thomas Wynne, who had lived a few doors down from her Clare Mount home.
They had a son Tony, who died aged 47, while her husband passed away when she was 82.
Alice has lived at Lands House since she was 99. Christine Payne from the home said: “Alice likes to go out into the garden and she loves trips out.
“We take her to panto which she loves.
“She used to enjoy a tot of brandy before she went to bed, but not as much now.
“She’s such a great character in here.”