Adventurous Harrogate lady who went white water rafting in her 80s, celebrates her 100th birthday

Mrs Taylor
Mrs Taylor

An adventurous Harrogate lady who went white water rafting in her 80s, will celebrate her 100th birthday this week.

Constance Winifred Taylor is a proud mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and she “is always smiling”. “Connie”, as Mrs Taylor prefers to be known, lived in Bournville, Birmingham, where she attended Lawrence’s College, then went on to work as a private secretary.

Mrs Taylor in her late teens, early twenties

Mrs Taylor in her late teens, early twenties

She married her husband Austen in 1940, and moved from Birmingham to Worcestershire in 1953 with their son and daughter.

Connie's daughter, Veronica Adams, said: "My mother held her family together after her husband suffered a stroke, and due to her care and devotion they were able to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary."

A long serving member of the Women’s Institute, and a keen gardener, knitter and swimmer, Connie has had a whole plethora of hobbies over the years. She also played golf and enjoys cooking.

Connie has visited Italy and France, and it was while being on holiday in Canada with a friend that she went white water rafting, showing that age can be no barrier to an adventurous lifestyle.

Moving to Harrogate to be nearer to Veronica and her son-in-law, she said: “yes, why not, it will be a new adventure”.

Veronica said: “My mother had a very happy marriage and has loved life. She is now the oldest member of our family on both sides and is dearly loved. She has been the stalwart of our family. She is very much looking forward to receiving a card from the Queen.”

Connie will celebrate her 100th birthday at a party on Saturday, surrounded by family and friends at Southlands Nursing Home where she currently resides.

The Mayor of Harrogate, Coun Nick Brown will also be in attendance.