Whalley resident Mrs Doris Farnsworth had much to celebrate at the party for her 100th birthday, thrown by family and friends and attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of the Ribble Valley, Coun. Michael Ranson and his wife, Janette.
Born at Trafford, Manchester, Doris was the youngest of seven siblings.
The family’s favourite holiday destination was the Isle of Man, where they took an annual break, and it was there that Doris was introduced to her future husband, Alf, whose family regularly stayed in the same guest house.
The couple’s first date was a day out to Chester in 1939 and Doris recalled how they heard the news about the outbreak of the Second World War on the way on the radio and had to return home.
Doris witnessed some of the worst of the Blitz from her Trafford home. Her and Alf’s courtship largely took place at the Sale Lido dances and they married in 1941, making their home near to Alf’s family in Little Harwood, Blackburn.
Doris worked for mail order company Pearson’s before moving to Chatburn to run the Brown Cow pub, where the couple’s son John was born, and then on to the Aspinall Arms, Mitton, where daughter Kate joined the family.
Now a grandmother of three and a great-grandmother of five, Doris, who underwent a double cataract operation at the age of 99, was emphatic when asked what was the secret to a long and healthy life.
She saidthat the answer lay in a daily medicinal dose of whisky and in continuing to keep an active mind, which she manages to do by playing bridge at the Pendle Club in Clitheroe a couple of times each week.