Family and friends help Corby woman celebrate her 107th birthday

Mabel Wadsworth celebrated her 107th birthday at the weekend
Mabel Wadsworth celebrated her 107th birthday at the weekend
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A Corby woman was surrounded by family and friends as she celebrated her 107th birthday.

A tea party was organised to help Mabel Wadsworth mark the milestone of reaching 107 at the weekend.

Mabel Wadsworth with carers Paisley Townsend, Samantha Stewart, James Adams, Jade MacLeod and Chloe Adams

Mabel Wadsworth with carers Paisley Townsend, Samantha Stewart, James Adams, Jade MacLeod and Chloe Adams

Mrs Wadsworth, who has outlived her husband Ronald and two of her seven children, has 13 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, and many of these helped her celebrate on Sunday (August 16).

Grandaughter Tanya Laurie said: “She had a lovely birthday.

“The mayor of Corby Peter McEwan came and gave her some flowers and she had about 30 family and friends there, which was lovely.”

Tanya said Mrs Wadsworth still knits, including making baby shawls, and she only recently moved into Sandalwood Court in Butland Road, Corby, after living in her own home up until the age of 106.

We are so proud of her

Tanya Laurie

Tanya added: “We are so proud of her.”

Born in Kettering in 1908, Mabel left school at 14 and went to work in a corset factory where her first weekly wage was eight shillings.

She met her husband Ronald and the couple married and later went to live in Gretton, moving to Corby 60 years ago.

Speaking to the Northants Telegraph last year, Mrs Wadsworth said: “I remember the outbreak of the the First World War and I remember when it ended because we all got a half day off school.

“During the war I fell and broke my leg and I remember the soldiers in tents in the grounds of Kettering General Hospital.

“The patients rolled up bandages to help out.”