Holt centenarian partygoers raise glass as Betty enjoys her favourite Martini (From This Is Wiltshire)
Holt centenarian partygoers raise glass as Betty enjoys her favourite Martini
11:00am Friday 20th September 2013 in Latest News
Regular evening tipples have been the secret to a long life for a Holt centenarian who has just celebrated her 100th birthday.
Betty Mountford was joined by friends and relatives for a party last Thur-sday at Firlawn House Nursing Home in Holt.
She raised a special tipple to celebrate: a classic Gin Martini, which is a particular favourite of the former personal secretary.
She said: “I like a drink whenever I can get one, which isn’t all that often these days.”
During the Second World War she served as a captain, driving lorries and ambulances in Egypt.
She said: “I was in my early 20s in the Army, where I was in charge of everybody. I’d still be in charge now if I could; I’m that sort of person. I do like to boss people about.
“I started off in Cairo, just before D-Day, then I ended up in Alexandria by the coast. It was a very nice place to be and I met the Israeli Prime Minister.”
After the war ended she worked as a secretary for an export company in Regent Street, London.
She said: “We did all sorts; sending things out to South Africa, hats for Ascot, all that sort of lark.”
After leaving London she moved into a flat in Bristol, then came to Holt three years ago.
Her nieces Nicky Handley and Patricia Batty, who took her to The Crown at Bathford for fish and chips, were at the party. Mrs Handley said: “When you get talking to her, you realise how many stories she’s got. It’s incredible what she’s got to say, though I don’t think she’s told us everything about the war.”
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