100 guests help Louie to celebrate her century

Centenarian Louie Umpleby with her celebration message from the Queen

Centenarian Louie Umpleby with her celebration message from the Queen

First published in News

A woman from the Bradford district celebrated her 100th birthday – with a party attended by 100 guests.

Louie Umpleby, who was born in Keighley and now lives in Wilsden, enjoyed a get-together with family and friends at the Three Acres, in Cross Roads, Keighley. Some of the guests had travelled from as far afield as County Durham and the Midlands.

Mrs Umpleby, who was born Louie Lambert in the Highfield area of Keighley, said: “It was a lovely party, everyone who spoke to me said they’d thoroughly enjoyed it.

“Having a 100th birthday does feel a bit different!She has had a varied career, beginning at a dairy shop in Keighley, then later working for Bottomley’s sweet factory, the National Switch Factory and Busbys department store. She also did private dress making, and did a stint with Sunblest Bread, and continued working until she was 70 years old. While working at Bottomley’s she met her future husband, William Umpleby, and the pair were married in 1935. Mr Umpleby died in 1956. The couple had two daughters – Gloria and Susan.

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