Wrexham woman celebrates turning 106

Published date: 07 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A WOMAN who was born years before the First World War broke out has celebrated another remarkable birthday.

Dorothy Annice Griffiths, of Wrexham, celebrated her 106th birthday by receiving a third telegraph from the Queen.

Mrs Griffiths told her family the success to her long life was no drinking, no smoking and no swearing.

Her daughter, Dorothy Davies, 79, said: “Mum has danced all her life, right up until she was 100.

“Her and my father Edward were both fans of old time and that is why she is so fit.

“She is also a big University Challenge and Mastermind fan and that has kept her brain active.”

Mrs Griffiths, who is described as “marvellous for her age” by carers, marked the momentous milestone on Monday at the Stansty House Care Home, where she currently lives.

Her birthday telegraph from the Queen will now be added to ones she got on her 100th and 105th birthdays. She also received a special visit from the Mayor of Wrexham, Cllr I. David Bithell.

Julie Myers, a team leader at the home, said: “Dorothy has had a nice dinner and even had a special hair cut.

“She has been spoiled by the staff and the kitchen staff have made her a birthday cake. The residents all had a sing song of happy birthday over dinner.

“Dorothy has been lapping it up, she is marvellous for her age and can run rings around some of the 80-year-olds here.”

Mrs Griffiths was born in County Durham where she met and married her husband Edward Griffiths.

They moved to Wrexham after both the London and Liverpool docks, where Mr Griffiths worked as a ship engineer, were bombed.

They lived in Acton where they had two daughters Sian Jones and Michelle Sides, as well as two grandchildren, Robert and Christopher Sides.

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