Ma­bel, 106, re­veals se­cret of long life...

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A FOR­MER mill worker thought to be Mac­cles­field’s old­est res­i­dent has cel­e­brated her 106th birth­day.

Ma­bel Glover, nee Knight, was born in Mac­cles­field on July 29, 1911.

She grew up on Old Hall Street where she lived with her fam­ily, in­clud­ing dad Joseph and mum El­iz­a­beth, who was Mac­cles­field’s first ever post­woman.

She cel­e­brated her 106th birth­day with a party and a visit from her fam­ily.

Great-grandma Ma­bel, who lives at Inger­s­ley Vale Care Home in Bolling­ton, says there is no se­cret to longevity, she said: “You just get on with it, you just have to live.”

But carer Sher­rie McCa­mon says Ma­bel has an ‘amaz­ing’ at­ti­tude.

She said: “As far as reg­u­lar med­i­ca­tion goes, she’s on a cou­ple of as­pirin in the morn­ing. She’s re­mark­able. She loves go­ing to the bingo ev­ery week. She does her own hair and puts her own ear­rings in. She’s ter­ri­ble for get­ting dressed – not be­cause it’s dif­fi­cult but be­cause she goes through about five out­fits each morn­ing!”

Sher­rie, who by co­in­ci­dence lives in the same house that Ma­bel lived in on Wind­sor Close, Bolling­ton, added: “She’s amaz­ing, she’s so funny, she’s one of my favourites. She’s fan­tas­tic for 106. She’s our old­est res­i­dent and I wouldn’t be sur­prised if she was the old­est in Mac­cles­field.”

Ma­bel’s son, Ian Glover, says a life­time of hard work and con­tented living has con­trib­uted to his mum’s long life.

Ian, who lives on Ull­swa­ter, said: “She worked hard all her life. My par­ents never had a car, never had a credit card or a cheque book – it was all cash.

“They lived an old fash­ioned life but they were happy with their lot.”

Ma­bel grew up on Old Hall Street. Her fa­ther served in the First World War and then worked at Park Side Hos­pi­tal, while her mother was drafted in as a post­woman dur­ing the First World War.

Ma­bel left Christ Church School when she was 14 to start work at Brock­le­hurst Mill. She mar­ried hus­band, Gar­net Glover, at St Michael’s Church on December 28, 1935, and lived on Old Hall Street be­fore mov­ing to Wind­sor Close, Bolling­ton, with her sons Ian and Michael.

After her hus­band died Ma­bel moved to a flat at

Ma­bel with her grand­daugh­ters Michelle Coul­ton and Hay­ley Glover, and her sixyear-old great grandaugh­ter Me­gan Coul­ton

Ma­bel Glover cel­e­brates her 106th birth­day with care as­sis­tant Emily Stevenson

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