Widnes baker celebrates her 100th birthday

Runcorn and Widnes World: Catherine Brady, known as Kitty, celebrates her 100th birthday Catherine Brady, known as Kitty, celebrates her 100th birthday

A RETIRED confectioner celebrated her milestone 100th birthday with a special cake, flowers, gifts, and a telegram from the Queen.

Catherine Brady, known to her friends at Kitty, was born in Grenfell Street on December 4, 1913 - the year British suffragette Emily Pankhurst was jailed and Charlie Chaplin began his film career.

Kitty is the only surviving member of her family as her elder brother John and younger sister, Mary have passed away.

She left St Marie’s Primary School when she was 14 and worked at Ratcliffe’s and Rounds bakeries until she retired.

Kitty, who loves cakes, said: “I take each day as it comes.”

She used to live in Hale Road and attended St Michael’s Church in Ditton.

Spinster Kitty moved to a bungalow in McLellan Place to live with her younger sister, Mary.

She was a member of the jubilee club at St Bede’s and enjoyed the company of many friends, including Tommy and Agnes Flynn.

The Mayor of Halton, Clr Margaret Ratcliffe was among guests at a party to celebrate her birthday.

Kittty moved into Halton View Care Home in Sadler Street a year ago.

Activity co-ordinator Yvonne Hamilton said: “Kitty is a very happy, jolly lady.

“She worked hard and has a very happy life.

“She has lots of friends who visit her regularly.

“She takes part in everything that goes on and loves shows and singing.”

Performers The Brothers Grimm played a guitar and sang for her at her centenary celebrations.


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