LAUGHTER is the key to a long life according to Rotherham centenarian Kathleen Torr, who celebrated her century with a party attended by the town’s Mayor.
The 100th birthday celebration was held at Broadacres Care Home, on Towngate, where Kathleen was joined by family and friends.
Mayor Cllr Tajamal Khan also paid a visit to the care home to wish her a happy birthday and present her with a decorative vase.
Kathleen received dozens of cards congratulating her on her 100th year, including from Her Majesty the Queen, which she said was “a lovely surprise”.
The care home was decorated with balloons and banners, Kathleen wore a birthday sash, and there was music and dancing for the assembled guests.
While enjoying the celebrations, Kathleen revealed her secret to a long life. She said: “Take one day at a time. Smile and laugh every day.”
Born in Rotherham on 22nd July 1922, Kathleen grew up in Parkgate, before becoming a shopkeeper.
She met her husband, Austin, at a local pub while dancing and the pair married at Christ Church, Parkgate.
The couple had two children, Noel and Katherine, and enjoyed playing bingo, travelling and ballroom dancing.
She later moved to Broadacres Care Home in February 2021.
Chris Cousins, home manager at Broadacres Care Home, said: “What a lovely morning it was for all staff and residents to help Kathleen celebrate her amazing 100th birthday, and to welcome the Mayor of Rotherham to Broadacres for drinks and breakfast.”