Yorkshire Day was extra special for Hilda Floyd of Melbourne as it was her 104th birthday.
She celebrated with an open house at her own home which lasted from 10am to 8pm during which Hilda, who had eight children, was visited by friends and many members of her huge family.
Four of her surviving children, Bernard, Alan “Tut”, Wendy and Ron of the original eight were there to help her celebrate. Sadly her four others Dorothy, Terry, Billy and John didnt live to see her big day. Their father Jack died 35 years ago. Added to that were many others in her extended family which includes a staggering 14 grand children, six step-grand children, 23 great grand children and seven great, great grand children.
Her daughter Wendy, 70, the youngest, who lives in Stamford Bridge, said her parents originally from Thorganby, had worked on a small holding and although they lived through two world wars they were not really affected living in such a rural area although her father Jack was in the Home Guard.
They moved to Melbourne 65 years ago. “When people ask her how she had managed to reach 104 her answer is always “hard work” said Wendy.
Though clearly not as active as she was, with a lot of help from family and friends Hilda still manages to get out and about. She goes to Chnapel every Sunday, which fortunately is close to her home and to meetings of the Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association at the village hall.
“She was still playing bowls for the Melborne club when she was 97, where she is a life president and whan they opened the bowling season this year they let her bowl the first ball,” said Wendy.