ALWAYS happy to give a helping hand when needed is how Mrs Bertha Collier is known by her many friends.
Last week Bertha celebrated her 90th birthday with a surprise party attended by 87 friends and family at Clitheroe Golf Club.
Bertha was born in Bolton, where she worked most of her life, first in the grocery trade then in the silk tapestry industry where she was a supervisor in the distribution department.
She married her husband Norman, who was a carpenter, in Bolton, but he died eight years ago.
It was 23 years ago when Norman and Bertha moved to Victoria Street in Clitheroe. This was to be near their son Bernard who had just left the Last Drop at Bromley Cross, where he was head chef, to come to Clitheroe to live and work.
More than anything Bertha loved knitting, particularly garments for the family, and she also enjoyed travelling by car round the countryside in the Ribble Valley and also visiting friends in Knott End.
She enjoys nothing more than visiting Bernard and her daughter-in-law Margaret, who are stewards at Clitheroe Golf Club, and having a chat with members. She also enjoys helping by clearing tables in the restaurant and helping Margaret with domestic duties.
She takes great pride, too, in laundering hand towels for the ladies locker room and making sure there are always plenty available.
On her special day Bertha, along with receiving many birthday wishes from golf club members received many cards and gifts of flowers and chocolates.