Gertrude brews up to celebrate 107 years

Gertrude Morton pictured with her great-grandchildren.
Gertrude Morton pictured with her great-grandchildren.
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She is probably one of the oldest people in Leeds but that doesn’t stop Gertrude Morton celebrating her birthday in style.

Mrs Morton celebrated her 107th birthday by enjoying a ‘posh’ afternoon tea with her family at the Thorpe Park Hotel.

The super centenarian, who lives with her daughter Irene Parker, is in good overall health - despite being slightly on the forgetful side.

Mrs Parker, 72, of Crossgates, said: “She lived on her own until she was 98, then came to stay with us over Christmas and never went home.

“We didn’t actually expect her to still be with us,” she said jovially. “We get along very well.”

Mrs Morton told the YEP: “It is wonderful to be 107 and I had a lovely time at the party.

“The secret to long life is contentment.”

Mrs Parker added: “She enjoys listening to music such as Russell Watson and tenors. She used to enjoy knitting and reading but finds that difficult now.”

She said her mother liked the odd glass of sherry and is fond of fish and chips.

Mrs Morton was born in Germany in 1907 while her father from Leeds was working there. The family moved back when she was 13 in 1920, living with her parents and grandparents in Beeston.

Gertrude, has a daughter Irene, and three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

She worked at Philip Lesley’s dress shop, opposite the Grand Theatre, during the 1930s.

The centenarian said: “I remember Lewis’s and there were lots of cinemas.

“There were trams too.”

Her husband Tom died when he was 94.

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