Dancing great-grandmother turns 100

100-year-old Louise Meynell with her family.
100-year-old Louise Meynell with her family.

A great-grandmother pulled on her dancing shoes to celebrate her 100th birthday with most of her family.

Louise Meynell, who received a telegram from The Queen, marked the milestone with a party at Derwent House Care Home, in Kexby, where she lives.

The highlight of the celebration was Louise dancing with members of her family.

Her daughter Valerie Wood said: “She had a great time. She had quite a few dances.

“The staff at the home organised the party for us and did a fantastic job. They are all so fond of her and she thinks the world of them.”

Louise has two children, five grand children and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was born and raised in Pocklington, on West Green, at what was a railway house as her father worked on the railway. She had to leave school at 14 to go to work and worked for Rowleys in Pocklington, sewing and making hats at their London Street factory. She married Thomas Herbert Meynell, known as Bert, in 1936 and lived on Pocklington’s George Street, where her son Brian was born.

They moved to Barmby Road in Pocklington where her daughter Valerie was born during the war and took in a vacuee from Hull and Louise’s niece Joyce, from Liverpool.

During her working life, Louise helped in Meynell’s grocery shop, in Pocklington, and in her sister’s greengrocers Todds, on George Street, Pocklington. She also sewed bridesmaid dresses and curtains and ended up making school uniforms. She loves dancing and cards, sewing and knitting.