Annie celebrates 101st birthday with a well-earned rest
BORN before the sinking of the Titanic and witness to two world wars, Annie Brooke has celebrated her 101st birthday.
The Knowle Manor resident celebrated with her family on Monday and then with a party at the Tennyson Terrace home on Tuesday.
Annie was born in Hyde Park, moved to Beeston when she was 11 and remained there, living independently until last September when she came to Morley.
Her daughter Pauline England said: “She is marvellous and until recently she played whist three times a week and was a very active lady, always busy but now she is enjoying a well-earned rest.”,
Annie left school at 14 and went to work at Petty’s, the Leeds printing firm, where she joined the sports and social club, becoming a keen athlete years before it was common for women.
She met Alf, her husband to be, as he tinkered with his motorbike in the lane near the field where they went running.
They married on October 20, 1934, at St Mary’s Church in Beeston, a church that was to remain the centre of her life for the next 70 years or more.
Pauline explained: “St Mary’s Church was a very big part of her life and she did an awful lot there, helping with jumble sales and serving thousands of cups of tea and buttering thousands of pieces of bread.
“She was a member of the Mothers’ Union for over 60 years, went to the luncheon club and really enjoyed going on their day trips.”
Alf and Annie had five children, although only two now survive, six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
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