Milestone birthday celebrated by royal family fan

Christabel Atkinson, 100 years old on 17th December 2018. She lives in Greenroyd Care Home, Hest Bank. She is pictured with Senior Carer Deniece Smith
Christabel Atkinson, 100 years old on 17th December 2018. She lives in Greenroyd Care Home, Hest Bank. She is pictured with Senior Carer Deniece Smith
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A resident of Greenroyd residential home in Hest Bank had a special 100th birthday celebration.

Christabel Atkinson was born in Blackburn in December, 1918, one of five children to Reverend Canon W.E. Cunliffe and Eleanor Thornton-Dudley.

She worked in Accrington in a factory inspecting weapons but because she was so tiny she was moved to ‘The food Office’ dispensing coupons.

Christabel married Richard Atkinson in June, 1947 and had one son David.

Richard died on February 12, 2015, after 67 years of marriage.

Christabel is a fan of the royal family and music by Bing Crosby.