Is birthday girl Minnie Doncaster's oldest resident?

The First World War had not yet broken out when Doncaster lass Minnie Liddle was born.

Friday, 13th December 2019, 4:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 10:36 am

Women were still not allowed to vote in elections, and Henry Ford set up his first production line in the month of her birth.

And 106 years on from her birth, Minnie celebrated her latest birthday last week as a candidate for the being the borough’s oldest resident.

Born in Sunderland on December 12, 1913, Minnie moved to Doncaster in 1935, the same year that she married her husband, Albert.

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Minnie Liddle with her carers at Wyndthorpe Hall, with her birthday balloons
Minnie Liddle with her carers at Wyndthorpe Hall, with her birthday balloons

She was one of nine children, having had six sisters and two brothers in the North East.

She worked as a dress maker, making party dresses, and lived in Bentley, while Albert worked as a scultptor.

The couple had two children together – and she is now a great great grandmother.

Now widowed, she said she used to enjoy touring around Britain in her caravan with Albert when they were younger, and also loved to dance.

She still loves to dance, and had a dance on her birthday with her carers, as well as celebrating with family.

Minnie moved into a care home, Wyndthorpe Hall, on High Street, Dunsville, early last year. The home is an early 19th century country house, previously owned by Lord Chetwynd. Locals believe it was visited several times by King Edward VII.

She also went out for a turkey and tinsel meal with other residents at Hatfield’s restaurant as part of her celebrations,

Minnie was well known at her local church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, in Bentley, until she moved out to Dunsville.

She was a regular attender there at both the Sunday and midweek masses until she was 103, after which she started to receive home visits by her friend Helen Nellis, who was an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion with the church, and had previously given her lifts to church.

She is still visited by people from the church in her current home.

Minnie might be 106 now – but she says she still loves a tipple and enjoys glass of an Irish cream liqueur every day.