Home is where the heart is as globetrotting great-grandmother turns 102 in Leeds

Molly Warner at her 102nd birthday celebrations at the North East Leeds Luncheon Club event. Pic: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Molly Warner at her 102nd birthday celebrations at the North East Leeds Luncheon Club event. Pic: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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Globetrotter Molly Warner may have travelled the world but there really was no place like home as she celebrated ahead of her 102nd birthday.

Globetrotter Molly Warner may have travelled the world but there really was no place like home as she celebrated ahead of her 102nd birthday.

Molly Warner's 102nd birthday party. Pictured from left, Rita Wilson, Peter Wilson, councillor Judith Chapman and luncheon club chairman Shirley Woodman.

Molly Warner's 102nd birthday party. Pictured from left, Rita Wilson, Peter Wilson, councillor Judith Chapman and luncheon club chairman Shirley Woodman.

Molly, who turns 102 on December 19, even had a surprise visit from the Lord Mayor of Leeds, councillor Judith Chapman, and received a special certificate as she marked the incredible milestone at a party held by her friends at the North East Leeds Luncheon Club.

Speaking to the YEP, Molly said her own heart-warming secret to reaching such an impressive age was as simple as ‘hard work and kindness’. She added: “I have been blessed with my children – they are my proudest achievement. My whole life has been fantastic and I am a very happy and contented old lady.”

Great-great-great-grandmother-of-three Molly was born in India in 1913 – just before the First World War.

Her father was in the British Army and worked for the railway in India, and she spent her childhood living in Agra – near the Taj Mahal – and attended school in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Molly carried out a lot of charity work in India and moved to Roundhay in Leeds in the 1950s.

She has returned to India several times and just a few years ago, at the age of 99, travelled to Australia to visit her daughter Lynette.

Chair of the North East Leeds Luncheon Club, Shirley Woodman, said: “She is remarkable. Mentally, she is still incredible and you can have a wonderful conversation with her.

“She is so generous with everything and likes to have people to visit – she is a wonderful hostess.”

Councillor Judith Chapman said: “Molly is as bright as a button and you would never think she is 102.

“She has entertained me all day and is a remarkable woman.”

Molly’s son Peter Wilson also attended the party at the Britannia Hotel in Bramhope after travelling from Harrow.

He said: “She has always been a loving mum and always comes up with the best smiles and words when you really need them.

“She just loves life.”

Molly still enjoys knitting, doing crosswords, reading and gardening at her home in Roundhay.

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