Margaret “Madge” Clayton celebrated her 100th birthday with a “wonderful party” surrounded by friends and family and – of course – a personal letter from the Queen.
Mrs Clayton, who is a resident at Boroughbridge Manor Care Home on Roecliffe Lane, was born on March 29, 1913, and has lived through a century of two world wars, one marriage and a career looking after children – and credits a hardy farming background and homemade baking as the secret to a long life.
“She had a wonderful party, with balloons, music, tea and cake,” said Mrs Clayton’s niece, Kathleen Butterworth, who lives in Boroughbridge.
“She has always looked after herself with old-fashioned baking and home cooking,” she added.
Mrs Clayton grew up and went to school in Pickhill, near Thirsk, before working as a maid and nanny for a local farmer, looking after his three young children.
“Madge still talks about those children a lot,” Mrs Butterworth said.
Mrs Clayton married her husband Robert Henry Clayton in 1953, when she was 40. He died in 1965.