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Ethel Green celebrates her 100th birthday
SHE still cooks for herself in her own home, has never had a serious illness and, until recently, still liked to play with her gardener’s Rottweiler dog.
Now Acomb widow Ethel Green is celebrating her 100th birthday – with no plans to put her feet up or go in a home any time soon.
Mrs Green, who was born on September 6, 1913, in the Layerthorpe area, said: “I look after myself, I do the cleaning and cooking.
“I have never been really ill – only colds and flu and that sort of thing.”
She said she had never smoked and only drank on occasions.
Her gardener, Mark Warters, a York councillor, said: “She was still getting on her hands and knees to play with Rex, my nine-stone Rottweiler, until last year, and she used to catch the bus to Marks & Spencer for her food until a couple of years ago. Her nephew does the shopping now.”
Mrs Green, who is expecting to receive a letter of congratulation from the Queen today, said people looked at Rex anxiously because of his size, but she had no worries about him.
“He’s lovely,” she said.
She said her parents were Ada and James Wilson, who worked for the local authority, and she went to Bilton Street School, which closed in 1956.
She worked in a baker’s shop and married Stanley, who worked on the railways and died about five years ago.
She could not remember the First World War, but went to work at the Rowntree factory during the Second World War, making bombs.
“It made my hands horrible!”, she said.
Mrs Green said she and her husband never had children but relatives had been round to join her in birthday celebrations.
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