100 up – just as she said

Freda Powell from Charlotte Grange with Aggie Liddle
Freda Powell from Charlotte Grange with Aggie Liddle

A STRONG-WILLED mum and grandmother celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday – just as she told her family she would.

Aggie Liddle, who was born in Hartlepool and has lived in the town all of her life, celebrated the big day with friends and family at Charlotte Grange Residential Care Home, in Flaxton Street, in the town.

Her daughter, Mary Moyes, 68, said the secret to her mum’s long life was her strength.

Mary, who lives near Wetherby, in West Yorkshire, said: “She’s a really strong old woman, she has the will of iron.

“She’s also a really devout Catholic and she would say God has kept her here. She used to always tell us she would live until she was 100.”

Aggie was born in Hartlepool’s John Street in 1912, she studied at Elwick Road Secondary Modern School, before serving her time as a bakeress.

When she was around 19 she met Bert Liddle who she married four years later and had two children to, Mary and Teddy.

Teddy died of cancer aged 56 in 1992 and Aggie also lost Bert when he passed away after suffering with pneumonia around 10 years ago.

Aggie, who has 10 grandchildren, was living in Pinero Grove, in the Rift House area of Hartlepool before she moved into Charlotte Grange Care Home.

“My mum has always loved getting out and about,” added Mary.

“She used to go for a game of bingo on a Sunday afternoon while my dad made the dinner and they both used to enjoy going to the club together.”

Aggie received a birthday card from the Queen and Ian Duncan-Smith, on behalf of the Government’s Department for Work and Pensions.

Mary said her mum thoroughly enjoyed the day.

She also thanked her sister-in-law Pat Liddle who she said has been “brilliant” helping to care for Aggie in recent years.