Tea party for Dora as she celebrates her landmark

Dora Keene celebrates her 100th birthday.
Dora Keene celebrates her 100th birthday.

A centenarian celebrated her birthday in style with a party for neighbours and family at St James’ Court, Brighouse.

Dora Keene was born in Rastrick on April 1, 1914, and attended Longroyde School before going to Victoria Central School.

She went onto Kayes’ College to develop skills such as typewriting and shorthand to work in the commercial sector. She later went onto to employment at BDA works, based at Brookfoot.

She has two daughters, Susan and Pauline, who lives in New Zealand, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

History is one of her passions, watching programmes and reading books, as she always wanted to be a history teacher.

She was a long time member and secretary of the Bridge End Mother’s Union and is a long term church member of New Road Sunday School, based in Rastrick.

As well as receiving a birthday card from the Queen, she had a tea party with residents and family at the retirement home on Bradford Road.

Mrs Keene said she has put her longevity down to staying fit and healthy.

“I have always enjoyed walking and getting out and about,” she said.

“I have also never drunk or smoke so I have always stayed fit and healthy.”