Amazing 105th birthday celebrated in Brigg by Thelma Bowers
ABRIGG woman has said taking each day as it comes has helped her to reach the age of 105.
Thelma Bowers, a resident of the town's Abbey Village Residential Home, marked the milestone earlier this month.
She was born in Hull in 1908 but has spent most of her life in North Lincolnshire, after moving to Broughton in her teenage years.
During Mrs Bowers' lifetime, there have been two world wars, five monarchs and 19 different Prime Ministers.
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But she said her secret to long life was simple.
She said: "I just live from day to day, do as much good as I can and always try to tell the truth."
Mrs Bowers worked as a cleaner after leaving school at the age of 14.
She had three sons, John, Cyril and Roy, with her husband Charles, who died 40 years ago, aged 65.
John, 80, now lives in Wales, while Cyril, 72, lives in Scawby Brook and Roy died aged 30.
She also brought up a fourth child, Dawn, now 50, from the age of four.
Mrs Bowers also has five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Her birthday was celebrated with a party for residents at the home, which Mrs Bowers described as "beautiful".
And she said she thought the world had become a better place over the course of her lifetime.
She said: "It is better now because there are not so many poor people.
"There will be a rough side to it but it is not as bad as it was."
Cyril, who visits his mother every evening, said: "I have only just realised she is that age.
"I have no idea what her secret is but she has always looked after herself and everybody else.
"She can still hold a conversation and her mind is fairly good."
Mrs Bowers has lived at Abbey Village for around 15 months.
Tracey Cropley, activities co-ordinator at the home, said: "She is lovely.
"She is very knowledgeable and always likes to have a good natter.
"She is very sharp and very sprightly."