North Leeds: Five generations celebrate 100th

Five generations got together to mark for Alice Gertrude Heaps' 100th birthday. From left, Tracey Batty, Alice, Archie Cooper, Penny Baxter and Jessica Batty.

Five generations got together to mark for Alice Gertrude Heaps' 100th birthday. From left, Tracey Batty, Alice, Archie Cooper, Penny Baxter and Jessica Batty.

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Centenarian Alice Gertrude Heaps celebrated her birthday in style this week – surrounded by all five generations of her family.

Great-great-grandmother Alice, who turned 100 on November 6, marked the occasion with a party in north Leeds this week.

She was joined by the newest addition to the family – five-month-old baby Archie Cooper – for the celebrations in Adel.

Another party will be held on November 15 at Headingley Golf Club.

Daughter Penny Baxter, 74, said: “She is very strong-willed and bosses me around even now!

“She is a very outspoken Yorkshire lady and still does the Yorkshire Evening Post crossword every night.

“She likes quiz shows and enjoys keeping her brain active, which I think is why she’s been able to reach 100.”

Alice, who fondly recalls visiting nightclub the Ace of Spades, said: “I’ve enjoyed life to the full and have had a lovely time.

“I would agree that it is all the crosswords I do that has kept me going. But it runs in the family on my mother’s side – my mother was 99 and I had a brother who was 102.”

She added: “I only leave the house once a week now because I stopped driving when I was 85. I didn’t think I should still be driving in my nineties!

“I’m not doing so bad though. I’m still living on my own and doing my own cooking.”

Alice, who has four children, nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, added: “Archie is such a fantastic little boy and it is marvellous to have seen my family grow so much over the years.”

Alice was born in Birkenshaw and worked as a typist and telephonist. She met her husband Albert Heaps, who was a well-known amateur golfer and bookmaker and also a World War II pilot, in 1939.

They had four children together and she has been widowed since 1957.

Many family members now live as far afield as Australia, Majorca and Dubai.

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