Centenary celebrations for Buxton resident May

Buxton resident May Harrop celebrated her 100th birthday last week and was even visited by new High Peak Mayor Stewart Young in his first civic duty.
Buxton resident May Harrop celebrated her 100th birthday last week and was even visited by new High Peak Mayor Stewart Young in his first civic duty.

Buxton’s May Harrop celebrated her 100th birthday last week.

Born on May 20, 1915, May was brought up in Disley by her grandparents who were bakers and regularly delivered to Lyme Park.

She worked as a seamstress at Afflecks in Manchester for many years and in 1939, after marrying Alf, she moved to Newtown, New Mills.

The couple went on to have three daughters, one of whom now lives in Switzerland, another who lives in Canada and a third who lives in Berkshire.

For 15 years, May worked as a dinner lady at Whaley Bridge Primary School.

She and Alf enjoyed to travel and visited many places around the world during their married life.

May, who now lives at the Hawthorns Care Home in Buxton, celebrated her birthday with 20 close family and friends last Wednesday morning.

As well as receiving a message from the Queen, she was also visited by newly-elected High Peak Mayor Cllr Stewart Young in his first civic duty.

She also went to Lyme Park for a lunch-time party with 50 family and friends, followed by a traditional pub supper at the Church Inn, Chelmorton, in the evening.

The Hawthorns have gratefully received donations from May’s family and friends in lieu of birthday presents.

The Hawthorns Care Home, on Burlington Road, is operated by the Salvation Army.

For more information, see their website at www.salvationarmy.co.uk/hawthorns.