A Corby woman who celebrated her 105th birthday on Friday (August 16) says the secret of long life is a happy family.
Mabel Wadsworth, still lives in her own home in Tettenhall Close, on the Danesholme estate, and stays young at heart by enjoying visits from her family, which includes two great-great-grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 13 grandchildren.
Mabel, who has seen five monarchs reign, enjoys knitting and recently completed a shawl for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new son, Prince George.
She received a reply saying the couple were thrilled by the gift.
And among the many cards, bouquets and gifts she received, was a greeting from the Queen, congratulation Mabel on reaching 105.
She was born in Kettering in 1908, 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.
Mable, who has outlived her husband and two of her seven children, said: “I don’t really know the secret of long life, but a happy family helps.
“People don’t do enough with their children these days. We used to take ours for walks and out to play. You used to see children outside playing and skipping but you don’t see that anymore.
“I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years and family life isn’t what it used to be.”
Mabel, will be celebrating her birthday on Saturday (August 17) with a family party at Rushton Hall.
As well as knitting, she enjoys watching television and, up until two years ago, still baked her own bread.
She said: “I have a carer who comes in to help me in the mornings but I can still make my own dinner.”