Brid’s Hilda turns 101

Hilda Boyd 101 birthday with card from the queen

Hilda Boyd 101 birthday with card from the queen

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A Bridlington woman is celebrating after reaching the incredible age of 101 on Monday.

Hilda Boyd was born in Leeds on February 13 1911, the year the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre, Roald Amundsen became the first person to reach the South Pole and former American President Ronald Reagan was born.

Despite her grand old age, Hilda still manages to live independently at her home, with a little help from relatives and The Friends of The Elderly group, whose members regularly drop by for a cup of tea or to take Hilda to church.

A former tailoress, Hilda and her husband Bill moved to Bridlington from Leeds in 1976 and Bill became a preacher at Gospel Hall in St Johns Walk.

Bill was involved with broadcasting Sunday services from the harbour top, whilst Hilda taught at the Sunday school.

Sadly Bill passed away in 1994 but Hilda keeps in regular contact with her son Philip who now lives in Surrey.

Hilda said: “My son rings me every night at 7 o’clock for a chat and it’s always nice to have people popping around to say hello.

“My secret to living a long life is to trust in the lord, that is what I’ve always done.”

Hilda, who has six great grandchildren, enjoys knitting and has given garments to support Gospel Hall’s missionary work in Africa during recent years.

Hilda has lived through a number of hugely significant events during her lifetime and recalls the street parties at the end of the Second World War and the Queen’s Coronation in 1953.

Hilda celebrated her birthday with her son Philip and daughter-in-law Christine with a meal at the North Star pub in Flamborough on Sunday.