Lord Mayor to celebrate city resident's century
By Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
A city centenarian will celebrate her 100th birthday with a special visit from Stoke-on-Trent's first citizen.
Hilda Cartwright will celebrate her big day with friends and family including her daughters, one of whom is flying in from Florida, USA. She will welcome her well-wishers to her home at the Beeches Care Home in Meir where she has lived for the past year.
Born in Shelton in 1912, Hilda has lived through both World Wars. During her working life she was a transferor in the pottery industry and also enjoyed a spell at Twyfords Bathrooms where she worked with her five sisters.
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During the day, the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent, councilor Terry Crowe will present Hilda with a bouquet of flowers.
The Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent, councilor Terry Crowe, said: "I'm proud and privileged to be a part of Hilda's big day. Over the past 100 years she will have seen the city, and indeed the world, change in many ways. I'd like to take this opportunity to wish Hilda an extremely happy birthday and hope that she enjoys her special day."
Hilda's daughter, Mo Pepper, from Smallthorne, said: "I'd just like to send my mum lots of love and wish her a happy birthday. She thinks the world of her family and her family has always been her life so it's wonderful we can share the day with her.
"The Beaches Care Home has been brilliant to her since she arrived. We probably visited 40 homes across the city but this one felt right straight away. I'm glad they will also get to share in my mum's special day."
Hilda was married to with her husband Cecil, for 65 years prior to his death 12 years ago. Hilda's birthday is on Thursday July 12, 2012.