Sidmouth great gran’s 100th birthday joy

AS Hilda Betty Moores battled meningitis and fought for her life in hospital for nine months more than half a century ago, she never thought she’d reach the grand old age of 100.

AS Hilda Betty Moores battled meningitis and fought for her life in hospital more than half a century ago, she never thought she’d reach the grand old age of 100.

The plucky great-grandmother, from Brewery Lane in Sidmouth, known as Betty, celebrated the milestone this week and has continued to defy the odds by keeping in tip-top shape.

She survived the life-threatening brain bug while in her 40s and, after a nine-month stay in hospital, has never looked back.

Centenarian Betty, the oldest member of Sidmouth’s Over 60s Club, still enjoys an active life, is self-sufficient, does her own cooking, cleaning and shopping and loves nothing more than a walk in The Byes on a sunny day. She was joined by family from as far as Canada, friends and neighbours to celebrate the milestone with two parties on Saturday and Monday.


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“It was lovely to see my family and have them all together. I enjoyed every minute of it - but am a bit tired out now!” Betty told the Herald this week.

“I’m surprised I’ve lived this long. I had meningitis and was in hospital for nine months.

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“I certainly am lucky and I suppose I’m in quite good shape for a 100-year-old.

“I still like to go out for a walk in the Byes, do my own shopping, cooking and cleaning, and visit friends and have them round for tea. The weather makes a difference to me. When it’s a nice day I feel so much better,” she added.

Her son, Chris Moores, 70, who lives in Primley Mead, Sidmouth, described his mum reaching 100 as “fantastic.”

“She was overwhelmed,” he said of the celebrations.

Betty’s other son, Colin, and his family travelled from Canada to celebrate her birthday with her.

A special lunch at the Blue Ball on Saturday was followed by a party at Home Meadows- where Betty lives - on Monday.

Former shorthand typist Betty moved to Sidmouth 39 years ago. She grew up in North London.

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