Centenarian Kathleen has 100 reasons to smile

Kathleen Goldthorp celebrated her 100th birthday with a party at the Ashleigh Residential Home in Chesterfield.
Kathleen Goldthorp celebrated her 100th birthday with a party at the Ashleigh Residential Home in Chesterfield.

‘Bright as a button’ Kathleen Goldthorpe was on top form as she chatted away to friends and family who helped celebrate her 100th birthday in style.

Kathleen, who lives at Ashleigh Residential Home in Chesterfield, was joined by loved ones including daughter Elizabeth Hague for afternoon tea on April 19.

Elizabeth, 60, said despite reaching the grand old age of 100, Kathleen was still full of life.

She said: “Mum is still as bright as a button and thoroughly enjoyed her party. She was spoilt by the staff at the residential home. She had balloons, banners, a beautiful cake and her most cherished gifts – a card and telegram from the Queen.

“She was sent lots of birthday cards – she was a very popular woman, and made friends wherever she went.

“I hope to make a scrap book with many of them for her to save as a keepsake of the special day.”

The centenarian was born and bred in Sheffield and grew up in the city of steel, where she worked as a personal secretary to Irwin Mitchell Senior at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors.

But in her early twenties she met and fell in love with Roy Goldthorpe – a journalist for the Sheffield Telegraph, who moved to the Worksop Guardian. Kathleen married Roy, then moved with him to Worksop in the 1950s where she ran the Sandy Lane Post Office and later a nursery.

After five happy years of marriage, the couple adopted their only child – Elizabeth.

The couple went on to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary and remained happily married until Roy’s death in 1995.

Elizabeth added: “Mum and dad were like two peas in a pod – she was heartbroken when he passed away, but she moved forward and kept her zest for life.”

Kathleen spent her time caring for others and often used to run errands for other members of the community. Her hobbies included dress-making, embroidery and shopping.

She was a real pillar of the Sunnyside community, where she had settled for most of her life – only moving to the residential home in December.

But despite the expected aches and pains, Kathleen is still in good shape.

Elizabeth said: “Mum is still very young at heart and has been lucky enough to avoid any serious illness. She still chats away to other residents and has a twinkle in her eye.”