Florence Wadsworth celebrates her 100th birthday
FLORENCE Wadsworth received more than 100 cards for her 100th birthday.
The centenarian, of Bury Road, Tonge Fold, who celebrated her birthday on September 1, received a card from the Queen as well as another from Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions.
Mrs Wadsworth, who in her younger years was a tailor, moved to Bolton from Walsall in 1934 after marrying Boltonian Frank Wadsworth.
She said: “I’d no idea where Bolton was. I was bewildered, and felt lost completely.”
However, she quickly settled in and even opened a baby linen shop — now her home — during the 1950s.
Asked her secret to living to the age of 100, Mrs Wadsworth said: “I don’t like sitting in the house. I think that’s people’s biggest downfall. Get out there, and make the most of your day.”
Her husband died in 1985 but she has a son, Roy, and two grandchildren, who help her.
She added: “I don’t know what I’d do without their support. They’ve been marvellous.”
Roy, of Loen Crescent, Smithills, said: “About a month ago, the Department for Work and Pensions wrote to her saying they’d like to see her.
“They made an appointment, she went down and realised the reason for the visit was to ask if she’d like to get a card from the Queen?
“They then rang me two days before to tell me the card was on its way.
“She’s absolutely delighted with everything that’s gone on and that makes us very happy. It’s been a great weekend.”
Mrs Wadsworth said the secret to his mother’s long and healthy life was “a hot toddy”.
He added: “She’s always active and she uses her bus pass regularly and loves to go out.”
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