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Davenham flower-enthusiast celebrates 100th birthday
A KEEN flower arranger born in the same year as the first Chelsea Flower Show has celebrated her 100th birthday.
Family and friends joined Martha Malpass for a special party at Weaver Vale Housing Trust’s (WVHT) Fountain Court, in Davenham, on Friday.
The mother-of-three, who moved to her current home seven years ago, has spent her entire life in the Northwich area, growing up in Moulton before living in Whatcroft, Rudheath and Lostock Green.
Among the many memories of her life, Martha recalls how she had to walk three miles to get to school in Davenham, and how her working life began at 14-years-old when she was home help to the wife of Davenham School’s then headmaster.
At 18-years-old Martha worked at Madame Owen’s dressmakers on Castle, before moving on to work at Sculshaw Lodge, Lach Dennis, as a domestic help and cook.
In April 1939, Martha married Daniel Malpass and together went on to have three sons – Anthony, Donald and Brian, nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
“It’s been lovely for so many members of the family and close friends to come together and share this celebration with mum,” said Martha’s eldest son Anthony.
“I’d like to thank WVHT for hosting us at Fountain Court where she has enjoyed living for the last seven years.”
As well as her eye for flower arranging, Martha also enjoyed bowling for many years and says that staying active is one of the main reasons she has been able to enjoy such a long and happy life.
At 54, Martha fulfilled a longstanding ambition by passing her driving test and she continued to drive until she was 90.
Another of Martha’s life passions is playing cards, and she still attends fortnightly whist sessions in Allostock with members of her family.
WVHT chief executive Steve Jennings was among the many visitors who joined the celebrations last week and presented Martha with a bouquet of flowers to mark the special occasion.
He said: “I would like to congratulate Martha on reaching this very special milestone and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to present her with a bouquet on behalf of everyone at the Trust.”
A second birthday party for Martha and her friends and family was also held on Saturday, at Davenham British legion.
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