Mabel of Corby celebrates her 106th birthday

Mabel Wadsworth, 106, of Corby
Mabel Wadsworth, 106, of Corby

Corby woman Mabel Wadsworth has celebrated her 106th birthday and was delighted to receive her third card from the Queen.

Mabel, who lives on the Danesholme estate, received a royal greeting when she was 100 and another last year when she celebrated her 105th birthday.

She still lives in her own home with the help of her family and a carer who calls in each morning.

Mabel, who has outlived her husband Ronald and two of her seven children, has 13 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She said: “I enjoy knitting and watching television and I cook my own dinner every day.”

Mabel celebrated her birthday on Saturday (August 16) at a party with family, friends and neighbours.

She received dozens of birthday cards and bouquets of flowers and there was a special surprise when her daughter Heather made the trip from her home in Australia to be with her mum on her birthday.

Mabel said: “I had no idea she was coming home and it was a lovely surprise.”

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.

Mabel 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.”