Published: Monday 27th March 2017
Lydgate Lodge resident, Laura Weaver, has celebrated her 99thbirthday in style, and is already looking forward to turning 100 next year so she can get a card from the Queen. Laura was spoilt by residents and staff at her home in Batley with cards, flowers and presents to celebrate her big day, and she enjoyed some quality time with her family who took her out for a meal at Heath Cottage Hotel on Wakefield Road in Dewsbury.
Laura was born on 17 March 1918 in Wakefield, the same year that the First World War came to an end. She studied shorthand, typing and book keeping at Wakefield Technical College and took up her first job as a secretary and book keeper to the Director of a laundry firm in Wakefield. Laura had various other book keeper and accounts positions up until her husband, Sidney Weaver, passed away when Laura was in her fifties. She then went on to work as a housekeeper in a large family home in Sandal, where she remained until she retired at the age of 81.
Lisa Harris, Home Manager at Lydgate Lodge, said “Laura came to live with us over a year ago after she suffered a bad fall at home. She is a real character at Lydgate Lodge - we were thrilled to help her celebrate and I know she had a great time out with her family. She has said that she is looking forward to reaching 100 so she receives a card from the Queen and we can can’t wait until next year!”.
At Lydgate Lodge, Laura enjoys a whiskey and ginger with her friends and her favourite meal is steak. She loves to watch a good game of football or tennis and she says her secret to a long and happy life is to face everything head on.