Gertrude’s 105 years young!

GRAFTER: Gertrude Dransfield credits her 105 years to her hard working lifestyle.
GRAFTER: Gertrude Dransfield credits her 105 years to her hard working lifestyle.

HARD work is the secret to a long life according to a woman who has celebrated her 105th birthday.

Gertrude Dransfield, who lives at Newlands Hall residential home in Heckmondwike, celebrated her milestone with family and friends last week.

She says her secret is ‘to not cause any trouble and work hard’.

Born in Cleckheaton, she lived with her brother Charlie, sister Alice and their parents.

She said: “We weren’t right well off. My mother died when I was 12 and I had to leave school, although at first I was a half-timer.

“I worked at St Peg’s Mill down St Peg Lane as a doffer and then was promoted to spinner.

“My sister Alice was a weaver at the same mill and my dad worked there too.”

Gertrude married Samuel Dransfield at Central Chapel and moved to Gomersal where they had one son, David, a retired headmaster, who celebrated his mum’s milestone with her.