A SPECIAL celebration was held for a remarkable woman on Saturday as Petworth resident Betty Wade reached her 100th birthday in style.
Born in Yorkshire in 1913, Betty worked as a nurse during the second world war, working in Italy, Austria and Aldershott, before travelling the world.
She has been recognised by the Red Cross for her long and successful career which involved working with sick children in Denmark and later a job in the charity’s head office as director of training.
The charity recognised Betty’s 80-year service and joined in the celebrations with a cake-cutting ceremony – which she donated to the local hospital.
“I have had a very good life,” said Betty.
“I’ve been very lucky. I think I would probably do the same things again. I can’t believe I’ve reached this age – I always thought if I ever got this far I would be wearing black, never sitting here in all this colour!
When she was 85, Betty she went in a hot air balloon in Namibia, her last holiday abroad.
“I always wanted to travel and see the world. I think I get that from my family,” she said.
As a self-confessed ‘country girl’, Betty moved from London to Sussex after retiring in 1972 and ‘loves’ her Petworth home.
Chris, who has looked after Betty for three years, said: “I think her fantastically long life has been down to her good genes and long walks with her dogs. I think it has helped to keep her fit.”
Betty celebrated with family and friends at Amberley Castle on Saturday.
“It was a lovely day– really beautiful and lovely to see all the family,” she said.