A FORMER millworker has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Edith Wortley turned 100 on April 2 and she celebrated her special milestone with a party with family and friends at Bryan Wood Care Home in Edgerton, where she is a resident.

Her daughter, Mary Noble, said: “She had a lovely time and she had a cake and a glass of sherry, which is her favourite tipple.

“She was very pleased to get her card from the Queen – she said she’s going to keep it forever.”

Mrs Wortley has lived in the Huddersfield area all her life, and was born in Marsden.

She attended the village’s Church School and left at the age of 12 to work in textiles. She worked for Crowthers mill before moving on to several other mills in the area and changing her role to canteen work. Mrs Noble commented: “She enjoyed working, she was very work-minded. She gave up work just after 60, but then she did some part-time work at a cafe in Brighouse.”

Mrs Wortley married Joseph at Marsden Parish Church in 1934 and the couple set up home in Lockwood. The couple had just one daughter and no grandchildren, and Joseph passed away in 1989.

Mrs Wortley lived at Hillhouse before moving into the Edgerton care home two years ago.

She used to love playing bingo and she still enjoys telling people to “shake the numbers” when she plays the odd game at her care home.

Mrs Noble, who lives in Birkby with her husband David, added: “She always said that she wouldn’t live to see the age of 21, but she’s still going strong!”