VIDEO: Buxton’s Betty reaches remarkable age of 106

Buxton’s Betty Needham has reached the grand old age of 106.

Betty celebrated the remarkable milestone with family, friends and staff at the Portland Nursing Home, where she lives, on Friday.

Betty Needham, who has reached the age of 106, is pictured with family members.

Betty Needham, who has reached the age of 106, is pictured with family members.

The centenarian puts the secret of her long life down to “good food, fresh air and hard work”.

Born in Flash, Betty (nee Slack) has lived in Buxton since the age of 16 and worked for a local solicitor.

She then moved on to work for a doctor before meeting Fred Slack.

The couple were married in 1930 but Fred sadly passed away aged just 38.

Betty later went on to meet Jack Needham, whom she married when she was 60.

In her younger days, Betty worked at the John Duncan School in Buxton, the Nova Cafe on the Market Place and also in the kitchens at the old Buxton College site.

Betty and Fred used to enjoy cycling and would ride their tandem bikes up to the Cat and Fiddle pub, where they sold ice cream.

After meeting Jack, Betty used to enjoy going out for rides in the sidecar of his motorbike.

Until July last year, Betty lived in her own home at Hartington Gardens but, after a fall, she moved to the Portland Nursing Home.

Betty, who is a mother, a grandmother and a great-grandmother, was serenaded with a rendition of Happy Birthday on her big day.