Corby woman celebrates 100th birthday

Gertie Mitchell.
Gertie Mitchell.

A woman who moved to Corby in 1935 has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Gertie Mitchell reached the milestone on Monday (May 15) and has received a telegram from The Queen.

Gertie was born in Clydesdale in Scotland and moved to Corby aged 18.

She met her husband-to-be Andy and was married in 1937, and she has lived in Corby as a council tenant ever since.

Andy worked at Stewarts & Lloyds all through the Second World War as well as being an ARP warden when not working.

Their great passion was dancing and every weekend they would be tripping the light fandango at the local clubs and dances.

Gertie and Andy had two children, Betty and Ian, although both Ian and Andy have passed away.

Gertie has two granddaughters, Lyndsay and Sheila, although Lyndsay tragically died at a young age, leaving behind three children which are Gertie’s great-grandchildren.

Friend Tom Wilkinson, who met her at a coffee morning and now visits regularly, said: “She really is an amazing lady having lived through two world wars, four monarchs and one of too few people who has lived through so much.

“She is still as bright as a button with so many memories and great stories to tell, and great sense of humour.

“Gertie is greatly loved by all who meet her.

“She is totally independent in all aspects of daily living.”