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Community stalwart celebrates 100th birthday

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12 NOV

Community stalwart celebrates 100th birthday

By timesecholife on in All News, Community News

A Moorlands woman has received a personal greeting from HM The Queen. The special royal greeting which Dorothy Alice Wilshaw has received is for her 100th birthday.

A Moorlands woman has received a personal greeting from HM The Queen.

The special royal greeting which Dorothy Alice Wilshaw has received is for her 100th birthday.

Dorothy, who lives in Cheadle and celebrated her milestone year on November 4, has been a part of many different community organisations in the Moorlands since she moved to the area.

Dorothy’s granddaughter Pat Stoddart told the Times & Echo: “Dorothy was born in Fulham, London. After leaving school she became a civil servant, but as per government requirement, she was sent to work in a large hotel in Blackpool.

“Whilst she was working in Blackpool she met her first husband Peter. Dorothy later returned home to Fulham and joined the WAF, working in offices at RAF airfields in the South of the UK.

“Dorothy and Peter married in 1947. Peter was a radio operator specialising in Morse Code during the war and very much wanted to continue in that field and so he managed to secure a job at the Air Ministry in Cheadle where he had worked during the war.

“Dorothy relocated with him and also worked part time in the payroll office at the Air Ministry.

“After a short while they bought their first property on Froghall Road in Cheadle, later moving to Town End where they built a property for themselves and Dorothy’s parents who relocated after retiring. ”

Pat continued: “On moving to Cheadle Dorothy volunteered for St John Ambulance and attended many local activities with them for over 40 years, including weekends at Alton Towers.

“Dorothy and Peter joined Cheadle Choral Society and she remained a member for over 40 years and received a Certificate for Life.

“She also worked as secretary at St Giles’ School before securing a job at Cheadle Hospital where she met her second husband Fred who she married in 1972. Sadly Fred died after only three years together.

“Dorothy then moved to Elm Drive and lived next door to her step-daughter Joyce until they bought a house together on Brookhouse Estate where she still lives today.”

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