‘100 years young and I’m still a gay old cat’

b12-1233 Ethel Clegg celebrates her 100th birthday
b12-1233 Ethel Clegg celebrates her 100th birthday

Recounting memories of surviving doodlebugs in London during the war, to enjoying bike rides with her beloved husband, Ethel Clegg will celebrate her 100th birthday on Thursday.

Mrs Skinner, who lives in Kathryn’s Garden, Ampthill will celebrate the momentous occasion on Saturday night with a party for family and friends.

She said: “I couldn’t believe it and it’s only recently that I’ve started to come too about it.

“All of those years have gone so quick, but I have been very athletic. My secret to a long life has to be whiskey, I’ve been a good girl though and I haven’t had one for four days.”

Ethel was born in 1912, the year that the Titanic sank and Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel.

A keen cyclist, Ethel, who was born near Kilburn in London, met her husband John in 1934. Sadly John died in 1992 and Ethel moved to Ampthill where she has lived ever since.

John and Ethel has two sons, Douglas and Alan and have four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her sister, who lives in Canada celebrated her 100th birthday last year.

Ethel said: “I was a cyclist and I stared a club, one day someone brought John home to my mother’s for dinner and that was it.

“My happiest memories are when they all came home from the army after the war, my husband and brothers.”

She added: “I remember the doodlebugs, we used to run upstairs quickly and bring the children down.

“I’ve lived through three wars, the first war, Burma and the Second World War, that’s my excuse for still being a gay old cat.”

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