A WOMAN whose father rode on Huddersfield's first motorised fire engine has just celebrated her 100th birthday.
Evelyn Bates, of Beech Street, Paddock, has one son, Russell, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Her father, Joe Bateman, was a police constable in Huddersfield and was invited to ride on the first fire engine as it was paraded through Huddersfield.
"I believe it was at the time of the First World War," said son Russell.
Mrs Bates was raised in Lockwood and was a packer at Standard Fireworks at Crosland Moor until she married in 1927.
Her husband was Frank Bates, whose family ran Hamer and Hartley, of Paddock, a firm of joiners, builders and undertakers.
Mrs Bates has spent most of her adult life in Beech Street.
She moved into one house in 1929 and lived there until 1968, when she moved into a bigger house next door.
She still lives there, with her son and his wife, Gwen.
Mrs Bates had three brothers who survived the First World War, Joe, Alfred and Charles.
She was a member of Paddock Methodist Church.
During the Second World War, when Canadian soldiers were based in Paddock, Mrs Bates and her sister, Mary, would help to organise social activities for the Transport Corps.
Mrs Bates celebrated her 100th birthday with a family meal and an open house party.