Leap year baby Mary celebrates her 100th birthday

Mary Warren celebrates her 100th birthday with the Mayor and Mayoress of Pendle, and friends and family at the New Life Christian Centre, in  Colne
Mary Warren celebrates her 100th birthday with the Mayor and Mayoress of Pendle, and friends and family at the New Life Christian Centre, in Colne

A leap year baby has just celebrated a milestone 100th birthday.

Remarkable Mary Warren was born on February 29th, 1916, at a time when the country was caught up in the horrors of the First World War.

Born in Waterside, Colne, Mary started work in the mills at just 14 years old, but later attended college and night school to learn cookery.

Ever a hard worker, Mary went on to open her own cafe in Bunker’s Hill, Colne, with her friend Irene Howley.

She later went on to run a pub in Bradford, following in the footsteps of her parents.

Mary continued to be active and up to the age of 90 ran a social club at the Peter Birtwistle Trust building where she helped other elderly people with their hobbies including knitting, sewing, dancing and baking.

Her friend Julie Whiteoak said: “Mary has always loved to travel and enjoyed a trip to Australia when she was 90. She also enjoyed numerous trips to the Palm Beach Hotel in Blackpool with friends.”

She celebrated her 100th birthday at the New Life Christian Centre, Colne, which included a visit from the Mayor of Pendle Coun. Nawaz Ahmed.