Family gather to celebrate Mary’s big birthday

Mary Ingham celebrates her 100th birthday. (S)
Mary Ingham celebrates her 100th birthday. (S)

Family and friends from across Britain gathered at the Cravenside home in Barnoldswick to celebrate the 100th birthday of Mary Ingham.

Around 60 joined her on Saturday, which was a second birthday party of the week, and Mary had requested donations rather than presents for Pendleside Hospice and Cravenside.

Born Mary Hoyle on August 20th, 1915, at Shuttleworth, Bury, she was the second eldest of six children and joined the family’s grocery business in Edenfield upon leaving school.

She married Joseph Pemberton in September, 1938, and they went on to have two children, David, who died in 2010, and Mary.

After Joseph returned from serving abroad in the war, the family bought a fish and chip shop in Victoria Street, Nelson, and this proved popular with mill workers and residents alike.

Joseph died in 1973 and three years later she met Wallace Ingham through their shared love of dancing. They married at St Joseph’s RC Church, Nelson, with her becoming stepmother to local butchers Trevor and David.

She lived in Nelson, Colne and Foulridge and always kept herself busy, working with the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service and in the pet shop in Market Street, Nelson.

Wallace died in 2004, aged 95, and after living independently for a while Mary moved into Cravenside in 2010.

She is a much loved grandma to seven grandchildren and four step grandchildren and great grandmother to 12 great grandchildren and four step great grandchildren.

Grandson Andrew Mullarkey said: “It was a lovely day. She is a real family person and to have everybody there made her day. She received a telegram from the Queen and was thrilled with it.”