Great-gran Hilda’s centenary joy

Randsdale Hotel'Hilda  Boyd 100'PA1106-21a
Randsdale Hotel'Hilda Boyd 100'PA1106-21a

NOT many people can claim to have been born in the same year as Ginger Rogers, Jean Harlow and Ronald Reagan.

But Bridlington centenarian Hilda Boyd can as she celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday, February 13.

Originally from Leeds, Hilda moved to Bridlington in 1976 and has treasured memories of previous holidays in the resort, including a daring part of the journey to the coast which would involve her and her husband Bill reversing all the way up Garrowby Hill in their old Austin seven.

Both Hilda and Bill were Christian members of Gospel Hall in St John’s Walk, Bridlington, where Hilda taught at Sunday school and Bill was involved with broadcasting Sunday services from the harbour top.

Hilda was also seamstress of bespoke tailoring and used her skills to continue to support Gospel Hall’s missionary work by knitting clothing for those in need.

Sadly Bill died in 1994, but Hilda continues to keep herself busy and active through the Friends of the Elderly group which threw a special birthday party for her at the Ransdale Hotel on February 11.

The celebration was also attended by her son Philip and daughter-in-law Christine who had travelled up specially from their home in Surrey.

Hilda has seen many changes in her lifetime. Born in 1911, she was a child during the First World War and recalls the street parties at the end of the Second World War in 1944 shortly after she had given birth to Phillip.

She is now a grandma to two and great-grandma to six children.

Hilda also recalls the Queen’s coronation in 1953 when she held an open house to friends so they could all watch the ceremony on a television set bought especially to watch the event.

She puts her longevity down to a healthy diet and a happy life and regularly maintains her contacts within the community by attending Friends of the Elderly functions.

Thanks in part to the support of the Friends of the Elderly, Hilda is still able to live independently in her own home in north Bridlington, despite her advancing years.