Long lasting pair are proud centenarians

ndet 98230 100 Year Old Kathleen Hales, Nether Heage
ndet 98230 100 Year Old Kathleen Hales, Nether Heage

A BRACE of evergreen OAPs have been celebrating reaching the 100 not-out mark this week.

And both Kathleen Hales, of Gadsby Rise in Nether Heage, who is already 100, and George Lowe, of Heage Road in Ripley, due to hit the century mark on Monday, are still a sprightly pair.

Many Happy Returns: Hearing Help Amber Valley chairperson Ruth Bannister presents  member George Lowe with a card for his 100th birthday at a special party in Marehay.

Many Happy Returns: Hearing Help Amber Valley chairperson Ruth Bannister presents member George Lowe with a card for his 100th birthday at a special party in Marehay.

Former Jaeger knitwear employee Kathleen puts her longevity down to a good diet and plenty of exercise.

She said: “I didn’t expect to still be here!

“My mother was a nurse you see, and we were always taught to eat everything as it came in season - and she made sure we did!

“She was very keen on what we ate and it’s served me well.”

Kathleen, who married her childhood sweetheart Joseph when she was 26, worked at the Jaeger factory, on Penn Street, Belper factory for 28 years and did not retire until she was 75. Her and RAF serviceman Joseph, who she met at school and married just a year before World War Two, had a son Richard, who sadly passed away when he was 53. Joseph had died some years before, at the same age. The former member of Belper Ladies’ Swimming Club celebrated her birthday on Tuesday with her family.

And Ripley man George Lowe, founder of Lowes Electrical, which stood on Chapel Street for more than 50 years, received a surprise birthday party for his 100th. Fellow members of Hearing Help Amber Valley, based at Derby Road, Marehay, held an early birthday bash for the sprightly centenarian a fortnight ago. George married beau Dorothy in 1935 and the pair enjoyed 66 years together until Dorothy passed away in 2001.

He and Dorothy had two daughters and a son, Donald, who sadly passed away last year. His eldest daughter Margaret Bonsall, of Cromwell Drive, Swanwick, said George held a passion for engineering in his younger days and is now a great grandfather of six.