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Tameside’s oldest resident has had another birthday!
Thursday 26th October 2017 @ 11:56 by Nigel Skinner
News Stalybridge

Tameside’s oldest resident Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Morrison has celebrated her 106th birthday.

Betty (pictured) was born in 1911 in Stockport where she grew up before moving to Stalybridge in 1982.

During the 106 years of her life, she has lived through the reign of four monarchs, 25 prime ministers and of course, two world wars.

In the year she was born, George V became King, the first public escalator  opened to the public in London, Roald Amundsen won the race to the South Pole ahead of Robert Scott, and the first non-stop London to Paris flight was made by Pierre Prier in three hours 56 minutes.

The year 1911 is also notable for the launch of the Titanic in Belfast, while it was also the year that Marie Curie received her second Nobel Prize.

Betty was born on October 14 and now lives at The Millbrook Care Centre in Stalybridge where she celebrated her big day surrounded by her family and friends.

She also received a card from the Queen and a visit from the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Joyce Bowerman.

Even though Betty is 106, her daughter Doreen commented: “I don’t think she realises how old she is.”

She said Betty likes to keep busy by taking part in the activities the home puts on. She enjoys chair aerobics, art, baking, dominoes and she is very happy to sing along to some of her favourite old songs.

Betty’s first job was working in one of the mills in Cheshire and her favourite job was at Vernon Mill where she worked as a doffer (removing the boffins or ‘doffs’ holding spun cotton).

She married Daniel Morrison, who was a rear gunner on Lancaster Bombers in the RAF and Betty still remains very proud of him to this day.

In addition to her six children, Betty now has 13 grandchildren and even more great-grandchildren and great, great grandchildren.

Doreen added that all of the family are all really proud of Betty reaching such a remarkable age.

“We are all really proud,” she said. “We couldn’t be prouder. It’s wonderful that she has reached this age.”