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Work hard and eat well – Betty’s secrets to reaching 100

Working hard, eating well and enjoying the odd tipple are the secrets to a long and fruitful life according to Driffield’s newest centenarian Betty Moorhouse.

Betty celebrated reaching three figures on Wednesday, 11th January, with her family, as well as staff and fellow residents at Glenfields care home, where she has lived since September.

Originally born in Bradford before moving to East Yorkshire to be closer to her family, Betty is thought to be one of the first people in Driffield and the Wolds to receive a 100th birthday card from King Charles.

The celebrations started early for Betty when she enjoyed a family meal at the Dog & Duck in Walkington the previous Sunday and they continued at Glenfields with a buffet, cake and drinks.

“I was born in an area of Bradford called Little Horton and I lived there for most of my life,” Betty, still as bright as ever at 100, told the Wolds Weekly.

“I had lots of friends there and people remembered me. I came to East Yorkshire to live closer to my family in North Frodingham and Brandesburton.

“I had three children – Roger, Elizabeth and John. Sadly, John died when he was 42.

“I now have three grandsons and four great-granddaughters. They are all lovely and I enjoy spending time with them.

“We had a lovely time in Walkington and took some nice photos with my family.”

A trained typist, Betty was in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF), based at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, famous for its team of codebreakers.

She was one of over 1,000 WAAFs to be posted at Bletchley Park.

“I was a teleprinter operator during the war and I received the news that the war was over,” said Betty.

“I was always a typist throughout my working life. Otherwise, I’ve enjoyed going to church and knitting.”

Taking pride of place among the dozens of birthday greetings Betty had received was her card from the King, showing the smiling monarch and Camilla, Queen Consort on the cover.

“I thought the card from the King was lovely and I think he has taken a lot of time in choosing it,” said Betty.

“It’s a nice photo, particularly of Camilla. He’s even signed it too.”

Betty marked her birthday with glass of Buck’s Fizz, whilst a bottle of something bubbly was also ready to be opened.

And she said that a drink every now and again is one of the secrets to her longevity.

“Work hard and eat well,” she said. “I still eat well now and enjoy a gin and tonic – you don’t want water!

“Those are the secrets to a long life.”

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