A WOMAN celebrating her 105th birthday believes she has been “blessed by God.”
Celebrating yesterday, Bet Davies said she has had “a very good life”.
Miss Davies toasted her landmark birthday at a party with friends at Sycamore Lodge Care Home in Hawarden and received her fifth telegram from the Queen since becoming a centenarian.
Miss Davies was born in 1908 on Castle Street, Flint, where she lived with her parents and five siblings.
As a teenager, Miss Davies moved to a house on Park Avenue, Flint where she lived independently until moving to the residential home aged 101 in 2009.
Despite never marrying or having children, Miss Davies receives regular visits from her many relatives, including great, great nieces and nephews.
From the age of 14, Miss Davies worked as a machinist, standing up for 10 hours a day, earning £1 a week.
“I never had a sit-down job and worked every day until I was 60, from seven in the morning until 5pm.
“It hasn’t done me any harm, I enjoyed working there and it kept my fingers going.”
When asked what the secret to her longevity was, she said: “I’ve been blessed by God. I’ve had a very good life, I went to church every Sunday at 8am, Wednesday at 8.30am and 6pm on a Monday evening.”
Sycamore Lodge Care Home manager Valerie Campbell was full of praise for Miss Davies. She said: “Bet is a really nice, little old lady. She potters round, is still very mobile and looks after herself. She’s very sociable and the oldest resident we’ve ever had, possibly the oldest in Wales.”
Deputy manager, Lisa Plant said: “She has a lovely sense of humour and you can have a good crack with her. She enjoys going out with her family who come to visit and she's very well liked by everyone.
“She has a nice, placid demeanour and is really easy going.”