Winnie’s day

100 year old'Winnie Crosbie celebrating her 100th birthday at Cedar Court with her family,back from left,great granddaughter Layla Smith,granddaughter Sam Smith,grandson Alex Smith,daughter Valerie Smith,niece Dawn Jackson and great granddaughter Georgia Smith'Picture by Neil Silk  121452b'05/04/12
100 year old'Winnie Crosbie celebrating her 100th birthday at Cedar Court with her family,back from left,great granddaughter Layla Smith,granddaughter Sam Smith,grandson Alex Smith,daughter Valerie Smith,niece Dawn Jackson and great granddaughter Georgia Smith'Picture by Neil Silk 121452b'05/04/12

A SCARBOROUGH family got together to celebrate a special lady’s 100th birthday.

Winnie Crosby, who lives at Cedar Court, Sandybed, received cards, gifts, flowers, a cake – and, of course, her telegram from the Queen.

Mrs Crosby is originally from Walkeringham, near Gainborough, and moved to Scarborough as a teenager.

She worked as a nanny and lived in Castlegate in the Old Town.

Mrs Crosby, who had the maiden name Clifton, married a fisherman’s son, Cecil Crosby, when she was 25.

The pair were married at St Thomas’s Church, which is now the Scarborough Sea Cadet Hall.

She was from a family of seven and her husband was from a family of eight.

The couple went on to have a daughter, Valerie, who lives in Holbeck Avenue.

Mrs Crosby is now a grandma and great grandma, with many of her relatives living locally.

During the war she was a Land Army girl, helping the war effort by doing farming and tractor driving near her birthplace of Walkeringham.

And during the bombardment of Scarborough, Mrs Crosby was at home in Castlegate when a bomb fell in the Old Town, but thankfully was not harmed.

However, her husband was wounded while serving in Tobruk, North Africa, and had to come home.

He then went on to work as a decorator and was also involved in the family’s picture framing business, Picturesque, in St John’s Road, Falsgrave.

Their daughter Valerie Smith, who ran the Smith Gardner typing school in Scarborough for many years, said: “They carried on working and when dad retired we started off the business.

“He’d be working downstairs and I’d be at the school upstairs. He really enjoyed being a part of it.”

Sadly Cecil passed away when he was 67 years old.

Mrs Crosby has lived at Cedar Court for the past five years and is very happy there.

Valerie said: “It’s a lovely place. About 60 residents and staff came to mum’s party.

“It was a really nice afternoon and mum thoroughly enjoyed it.”

She added that Mrs Crosby is a “gentle, bright and loving mum” who likes to reminisce about when she was a youngster.

She was always keen on knitting and sewing and also enjoyed Morris and maypole dancing.

As part of her birthday celebrations, Mrs Crosby was presented with a cake made by her niece Dawn Jackson.