This is your life for Miriam’s 100th birthday

Miriam Thompson.jpg
Miriam Thompson.jpg

Centenarian Miriam Thompson has celebrated her birthday in style with a special “This is Your Life” style event.

Mrs Thompson, who lives at The Hall residential home in Thornton-le-Dale, turned 100 last Thursday.

She was delighted to receive a telegram from the Queen and was treated to a special get-together with a musical twist.

Mrs Thompson, who previously lived in Scarborough, was entertained by six-strong group The Senior Moments, led by her daughter Rosie Orders.

The rest of the group are Ann Eley, Ken Eley, Ken Orders, Gwen McNally and Derrick McNally (all pictured).

The members are regular visitors to care homes in and around Scarborough where they love to entertain the residents with light-hearted performances.

The programme of music, poetry and narrative, was based closely around Mrs Thompson’s life, telling her story in words and music.

Derrick said: “It was a real surprise for Miriam and it was brilliant.

“People came all over the country to see her, with many coming from the Leeds area where she used to live.

“It was a super do and she loved the music.”

Mrs Thompson was born at Aberford and spent her early life on the family farm with her brother, Clarrie, then moved to Yorkshire, attending Tadcaster Grammar School.

She studied at Pitman’s College in Leeds before becoming a shorthand-typist with an insurance company where she met her future husband, Stanley.

The couple married in June 1939, but three months later on the outbreak of the Second World War, he joined the army, serving for six years in France, North Africa, Burma, Syria, and India in the Royal Army Service Corps.

Meanwhile, Mrs Thompson continued to run an insurance broking business they had established in Bradford concentrating on the woollen industry businesses.

Mrs Orders said: “My mother kept the business going through out the war and the business then moved to Leeds, with her continuing to work in it until her retirement in 1978.”

Mrs Thompson was a keen tennis and bridge players in Collingham, as well as being an avid gardener - an interest which she still enjoys today on television.

For her birthday celebration, the songs included “Old Macdonald had a farm”, “Get me to the church on time” and “Keep the home fires burning” in recognition of major events in her life.