There was a double centenary celebration at a Roundhay care home over the weekend as two residents turned 100.
Eileen Rundle, at St Katherine’s Residential Care Home, reached her centenary on Wednesday October 30 and on Saturday November 2 fellow resident Margaret Ward also reached 100.
To celebrate both ladies birthdays the care home, on Shaftesbury Avenue, threw a party, with family, friends and even a jazz band to mark the occasion.
Margaret, who worked as a clerical assistant before she married and became a full-time housewife, said: “The secret to living this long is a happy marriage, exercise and luck.”
Eileen worked with St John’s Ambulance for many years and said she could not believe that she had made it to the age of 100. Her advice on reaching this milestone age was to “just keep yourself busy”.
Cathy Horner at St Katherine’s Care Home said: “We have put on an amazing spread, there are lots of flowers, balloons and cards from everyone. They did both get their cards from the Queen which they were delighted with.”
The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Leeds, Coun Tom Murray and his wife Edna also attended the event to congratulate the pair.
Margaret’s daughter-in-law came down from Aberdeen to visit her but her two granddaughters could not make the party as they were abroad.
Eileen’s family also came to visit on this special day, with her step-son and grandson there to wish her happy birthday.
Both ladies were born in 1913, the same year that 50,000 women marched to Hyde Park, London as part of the Suffragette movement, actress Vivien Leigh was born along with Michael Foot, the leader of the Labour Party from 1980 to 1983.