THERE was a special visitor when Martha Botterill celebrated her 100th birthday at the weekend with friends and family.
The newly appointed mayor, Cllr Helen Mallory, and her mayoress, daughter Lucy, spent a few hours as honoured guests when they called at the Lodge in Westbourne Road.
Pauline Silcock, Martha’s daughter, said she was pleased that they had spent so much time with her mother during their busy schedule.
She added: “They stayed for the afternoon. Mum felt very special and she liked them very much.”
She added that she was pleased Martha had reached the milestone event and got her telegram from the Queen. “I am so proud I could cry – she looks so lovely for her age.”
Martha, who was born on May 26 1912, said that the secret of such a long life was “looking after yourself”. She added: “It’s nice to have a lot of friends here.”
Pauline said that her mother was not one to worry which might also be part of her secret. She said: “She’s never been uptight about anything.”
Martha, whose family name was Rewcroft, was born in the Old Town of Scarborough and was one of 10 children – six boys and four girls.
She went to Friarage School and at the age of 14 she started work at the Alexandra Laundry.
Martha later met Harry Botterill, who was also from the Old Town, and the couple were married at St Mary’s Church in 1936 – Pauline, their only child was born six years later – sadly Harry died in 1977 .
She has lived at the Lodge for the past three years and her surviving siblings, 95-year-old Gladys and 93-year-old Alice, both attended the party.
Martha was born in May 1912, on the same days as Jay Silverheels – the American actor who played Tonto in The Lone Ranger in the TV series.
It was during the summer Olympics, which were held in Stockholm in Sweden between May 5 and July 27, and just after the Titanic disaster. Robert F Scott’s expedition also reached the South Pole in 1912.