David Rutley, MP for Macclesfield, joined in the celebrations at Parklands care home in Poynton, as resident Lillian Bailey marked her 100th birthday with a party organised by staff. Everyone at the CLS-run home was delighted by the appearance of Mr Rutley, who chatted with residents and staff during Lillian’s special birthday tea.
Having always lived in Poynton, Lillian has truly been an important part of local life. After leaving school at 14, Lillian went to work in one of the silk mills that made Macclesfield a bastion of industrial Britain. She then moved to Baxter Woodhouse, the textile manufacturers, where she worked until retirement.
In recognition of the industry that made Macclesfield so great, Mr Rutley thought that giving Lillian his birthday wishes in person was the least he could do. Speaking after the party, Mr Rutley commented:
“It was an honour to meet Lillian. She has led a very full life having been strongly committed to both her community and her faith. It was great to be able to wish her well for her hundredth birthday and to hear more about her active life and the strong friendships that she continues to enjoy. Lillian was also very grateful for the care and the support she receives at Parklands care home. She is a wonderful example to us all.”
Lillian’s skills as a seamstress meant that she was often able to help her family out by making clothes for her five brothers; and she still enjoys needlework to this day. Besides knitting and sewing, Lillian has always enjoyed walking the countryside surrounding Macclesfield, whether alone or with the children from the Poynton Baptist Church, where she taught at Sunday School.
Chris Machin, Home Manager at Parklands, commented: “It is not a surprise that many of the children Lillian taught at Sunday School have fond memories of her. She is an immensely kind and generous women, as you might expect from a life-long church-goer. We were so happy to be able to give her a birthday treat, and I’m sure the attendance of Mr Rutley made it extra special for Lillian.”