A SPRIGHTLY woman has celebrated a century of birthdays, and marked the occasion with not just one, but three gatherings.
Hilda Floyd reached the treble-figure milestone and duly received her telegram from the Queen.
The occasion was celebrated with her family during a party at the village hall in Melbourne, which saw around 150 guests attend.
She then had an open bungalow at her home the day after, on her actual birthday, in which local friends could drop in to wish her well.
Finally, she enjoyed another party with her friends from the Good Companions Club, again at the village hall, a few days later.
Speaking about the first party, her youngest daughter Wendy Fineron, who is 66 years-old, said: “It was really good, she absolutely loved it. She then had the open bungalow and had a busy day there too with a lot of people coming in to her home.
“She walks with her walking stick but she is fine, she only stopped playing bowls two years ago!”
Born in Thorganby in 1911, Hilda worked on her family’s farm at the age of 14. She stayed in agriculture for her working life, marrying her husband Jack who was a farm labourer.
The family moved to Melbourne 61 years ago.
The couple had eight children, four of whom she has outlived. But she has also been blessed with eight grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren.
Her husband Jack passed away almost 30 years ago.
Asked what Hilda’s secret to a long and happy life, Wendy said: “She always says she puts it down to having a big family!
“She has never drank or smoked, she has a great sense of humour and loves her sport.”