SHE says the secret of a long life is simple: “Stay happy”.
And it has stood Mrs Edith Lockwood in good stead as she celebrated her centenary yesterday with family and friends at The Bell House, Wilshaw.
Mrs Lockwood, who has lived at the home for five years, was also joined by the Mayor of Kirklees, Clr Julie Stewart-Turner, and received a card from the Queen.
Mrs Lockwood was born in the Dog Hall area of Meltham Road, Lockwood. She became a machine-minder at the Meltham Silk Mill in her teens and remained there until she married.
Her first husband, Cyril Cockcroft, died in the 1930s when he was a victim of the Spanish flu epidemic which swept the UK.
She married again to Charles Lockwood, who died 24 years ago.
Mrs Lockwood lived in Newsome, Crosland Moor and South Crosland before her move to Wilshaw.
She celebrated with many members of her family, which incudes three children, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.