A pensioner who is believed to be the second oldest woman in England has turned 112 years old.
Ada Thompson’s family and friends met at her Keighley care home on Sunday to commemorate the event.
Mrs Thompson is a year younger than England’s oldest living woman, 113-year-old Ethel Caterham of Surrey.
When asked what her secret to longevity was, Mrs Thompson replied: “I did not smoke or consume alcohol. There are two excellent candidates.”
Mrs Thompson spent much of her life in Haworth, where she now lives at a nursing facility.
Her son, Harry Thompson, stated that her family was devastated “”We’re so proud of her,” she says, adding, “We can’t believe she’s come this far.” It’s astounding.”
He claimed that no one else in the family had lived to such a ripe old age.
Mrs Thompson received a birthday card from the King and Queen Consort to add to ones she had received from the late Queen Elizabeth.
“She’s seen five different kings, I believe,” Mr Thompson said.
He went on to say that his mother had lived through both World Wars and that it was difficult to imagine what she had gone through.
“It must have been difficult times in those days. My father was in the Navy, so he was away for most of the war and she didn’t know where he was.”
Mr Thompson said he dropped in to see his mother twice a week and he often watched television with her.
“We talk about things on television and how things have changed.
“I show her pictures on my phone of the village where she used to live and keep her up-to-date with the shops.”
Asked about her emotions on her 112th birthday, Mrs Thompson responded: “How do I feel? As happy as you like.”
She added that she was “delighted” to celebrate the big day with her family at the home.