WHEN Dorothy Thorneycroft was born in 1905, Las Vegas had just been founded, Chelsea Football Club was set up and Rotary International had been formed.
Fast forward to 2011 and after 20 British Prime Ministers, two world wars and countless major world-changing events, remarkable Dorothy – better known as Dolly – reached the grand old age of 106 on Saturday.
She marked the milestone surrounded by friends and family at a party at the Spinney Hop care home in Brimington – where she has been a resident for the past six years – last Friday.
Dolly – one of the oldest people in the country – was born at Wharf Lane, Chesterfield, and worked as a cashier at Burtons the Tailors.
As a child she can remember being told her next-door neighbour’s sister was on the ship that went to the rescue of the Titanic in 1912.
Along with her twin sister Flo, they were the first girls to form the 5th Chesterfield Guides.
Dolly is a life-long member of the Central Methodist Chrurch and used to watch Chesterfield FC and cycle and walk with her husband John, who passed away in 1967. She still follows the Spireites’ ups and downs by listening to football results on the radio.
Dolly used to enjoy knitting and made hundreds of hats and teddy bears for children around the world.
She has a daughter called Christine, a son-in-law called Malcolm, two grandchildren called Helen and Simon and four great-grandchildren called Jacob, Harry, Ben and Lucy. Giving the secret to a long and happy life, amazing Dolly said: “Keep your mind active – and walk.”
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