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Miriam Thompson celebrates her 100th birthday
2:44pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
WHEN Miriam Thompson marks her 100th birthday tomorrow she will be treated to a special “This is Your Life” at a celebration party at The Hall residental home in Thornton-le-Dale.
Mrs Thompson will be entertained by a six-strong group led by her daughter, Rosemary Orders, who will recall her long life in words and music.
Mrs Thompson was born at Aberford, near Garforth, and spent her early life on the family farm with her brother, Clarrie.
She attended Tadcaster Grammar School and studied at Pitman’s College in Leeds before becoming a shorthand typist with an insurance company where she met her future husband, Stanley.
The couple married in June 1939, but three months on, with the outbreak of the Second World War, he joined the army.
Mrs Thompson continued to run an insurance broking business they had established in Bradford concentrating on the wollen industry.
Mrs Orders said: “My mother kept the business going throughout the war.
“The business then moved to Leeds, with her continuing to work in it until her retirement in 1978.”
Mrs Thompson was a keen tennis and bridge player in Collingham, near Wetherby, as well as being an avid gardener – an interest which she still enjoys today on television.
Mrs Orders said The Senior Moments, who will perform at the celebration is made up of Gwen and Derrick McNally, Ken and Ann Eley, herself and her husband, Ken.
“We go round singing and entertaining in day centres, nursing homes and St Catherine’s Hospice, and we have raised nearly £2,000 for the hospice,” said Mrs Orders.
“It will be a real treat to entertain mum and her friends at The Hall.”
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