101 years celebrated with a little dance

101st birthday for Beatrice Leatherbarrow
101st birthday for Beatrice Leatherbarrow

SPRITELY Beatrice Leatherbarrow celebrated her 101st birthday with a Pimms and pudding party.

Family and friends, along with other residents and staff at Dewar Close Residential Home, all joined in with the celebrations for Beatrice’s special day on Wednesday last week.

Beatrice spent the day singing and dancing along with the organist and she was given a cake with her favourite flowers on.

Tammy Kendell, Dewar Close manager, said: “She’s very active for 101. She’s absolutely brilliant. She likes to have a sing, a good natter and a bit of a joke.”

Beatrice was born in Morecambe, Lancashire, where she grew up and spent a lot of her working life helping her parents run a guesthouse.

Beatrice met her husband Tom through their shared love of ballroom dancing. The couple had three daughters, Margaret, Thelma and Kay and were married for 64 years before Tom died.

She moved to Bilton to be nearer Thelma and lived independently until she was 98.

Tammy said: “She makes such a big impact with everyone. Everyone is always in hysterics when she’s around.”

Beatrice puts her ripe old age down to enjoying a brandy a day and still being active.

Tammy added: “She’s an absolute star.”