Rose Clark said she owes her long life to 'hard work'.

"Wear more clothes!"

That's the advice to the young people of today from Centenarian Rose Clark, whose 100th birthday celebrations have raised £1,530 for the hospice.

She marked the big day on January 15 with a party at Keelby Village Hall for family and friends, who showed their support by making donations, and taking part in a raffle, tombola and namecard.

We were lucky enough to go out to Keelby to meet Rose, who told tales from her life growing up in rural Lincolnshire.

She was born in 1917 at Barnetby Mill to George and Fanny Dodson, a sister for Frank and Muriel. Aged two, they moved to Kirmington.

When Rose was 15, she began working on Fisks Farm, in Brocklesby, and she met a young man called Harry Clark, who worked for the Earl Of Yarborough on his estate at Brocklesby.

They soon began courting, often cycling to Brigg to the cinema, and married on June 15, 1940.

Their son Mervyn was born in 1943, who passed away in 2011. Janet was born in 1949, who went on to marry Ray Mitchell and have two children. Rose is now a proud great grandmother of three.

Rose and Harry moved to Keelby in 1992 and it's where Rose lives now. Harry passed away aged 89 in 1998.

Of the donation to the hospice, Rose said: “You have to do what you can. I’m lucky in life and others aren’t so fortunate, so you have to help where possible. The hospice is such an important thing for the area to have, and I’m delighted to make a contribution to its work.”

Hospice events manager ZaZa Warren presented Rose with an afternoon tea set and some other gifts to wish her a happy birthday.

She said: “Rose is a wonderful and engaging lady. I could sit and talk to her all day. The stories she has told me of her younger years are so interesting, and really shows how different society is today.

“She’s given me some hints and tips,  such as ‘get out and about rather than sitting in front of the television’, and I’ll remember them forever!”



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