Church friends make a big fuss of Phyl­lis, 100

Macclesfield Express - - DOGFATHER -

A CHURCH held a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion to mark the cen­te­nary of one of its mem­bers.

Tyther­ing­ton’s Phyl­lis Chap­man re­cently cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day. And so her church – St Michael’s – hosted an af­ter­noon tea for her and more than 50 of her friends and fam­ily.

Rev­erend Gra­ham Turner gave a spe­cial speech wish­ing Phyl­lis – who was born in the same month the First World War broke out – a very happy birth­day.

As well as be­ing a prom­i­nent mem­ber of the church, the 100-year-old also loves the out­doors, an­i­mals and sup­ports many char­i­ties.

Gor­don Dar­ling­ton, a fel­low mem­ber of the church and friend of Phyl­lis, said: “Phyl­lis re­sponded to the rev­erend’s speech by thank­ing ev­ery­one who had at­tended and said how spe­cial the con­gre­ga­tion at St Michael’s and the peo­ple of Mac­cles­field had been in help­ing her to set­tle so quickly in the area after mov­ing from the south 20 years ago.

“It was a won­der­ful oc­ca­sion and. A won­der­ful af­ter­noon for a very spe­cial lady cel­e­brat­ing her 100th birth­day.”

On reach­ing her cen­te­nary, Phyl­lis re­ceived dozens of gifts, flow­ers and more than 50 cards. Her niece, Sue Grind­ley, said: “I would like to thank ev­ery­one on be­half of my mum and my­self for mak­ing the day and all the cel­e­bra­tions so spe­cial.

“Ev­ery­one has made such an ef­fort to make mum’s 100 birth­day great and I know she has been thrilled with all the ef­fort peo­ple have made. She has had a truly won­der­ful birth­day.”

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