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WWI baby celebrates milestone 100th birthday

Mrs May Hobkirk celebrating her 100th birthday with a family party in the lounge at the her accommodation. pictured here with the Deputy Mayoress of Clitheroe and her telegram from the Queen.

Mrs May Hobkirk celebrating her 100th birthday with a family party in the lounge at the her accommodation. pictured here with the Deputy Mayoress of Clitheroe and her telegram from the Queen.

A great-grandmother born just 19 days before the outbreak of the First World War recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

Mrs May Hobkirk marked the landmark event surrounded by her family and close friends at Well Court, Clitheroe.

Deputy Ribble Valley Mayor Coun. Bridget Hilton also attended and passed on her congratulations to May.

Born and brought up in Blackburn, May, a retired accountant office worker, was only three when her father was killed in the battle of Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. She was raised by her mother.

May, who has been married and widowed twice, has lived in Well Court, for the past 20 years and say she has always loved the rural borough.

She has two daughters Marion Procter (73) and Christine Harper (62), three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Her hobbies are reading and she enjoys watching the television soap “Emmerdale”.

Marion, who lives in Sabden, said: “Mum is healthy and remains busy and in good health. “She enjoys the weekly coffee morning the residents organise and she is always busy with lots of visitors from friends to relatives, hairdressers to carers who always come to see how she is.

“She always liked to visit Clitheroe and we used to enjoy our days out in the Ribble Valley so she was pleased when she moved here. In the evenings she likes to watch television programmes, especially ‘Emmerdale’. In fact, we cannot ring her when the soap is on!”

May was delighted to receive a congratulatory card from Her Majesty, The Queen and one from Iain Duncan Smith, Work and Pensions Secretary.

Marion added: “She was over the moon to receive the cards. It really made her day.”

 

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