Great-grandmother celebrates 100th birthday in Princethorpe

Betty Hill
Betty Hill

A woman who was married to her husband for 71 years celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday.

Betty Hill is marking the milestone with two parties for her many family and friends.

She said she was delighted to receive a birthday card from the Queen.

Brought up in Yorkshire, Betty has lived in Fosseway, Princethorpe, since 1956.

The centenarian has lived through two world wars, the civil rights movement and huge advances in technology and transport.

Her husband Ronald, died seven years ago just before his 93rd birthday.

They spent many happy years together and had four children - Marianne, Margaret, Robin and Elizabeth, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, with another due in April.

Betty, who still enjoys gardening, reading and crosswords, said: “I feel just the same as I did when I was 99!

“It was lovely to get my card from the Queen and to celebrate with everyone on Monday. I’m going out with my family at the weekend for a meal. There’s going to be 30 of us.”

Her daughter Marianne Croll, said “My mother was a guide captain locally until she was 66.

“She really looks after herself apart from a cleaner and some help in her garden.”

Marianne said good genes run in the family.

“My mother’s mother died at 96, her grandfather at 94 and her great grandmother (who was born in 1827) at 98. It’s in the genes.”