An Onchan woman has celebrated her 101st birthday citing cycling everywhere as the reason for her long life.
May Bradley celebrated her big day with a party at home saying that she had a ‘lovely do with people calling in all through the day as well as enjoying tea and cakes’.
Asked what the secret of her long life was she said: ‘Cycling everywhere and walking, and the odd glass of sherry.’
May lives in King Edward Road and was still walking around her beloved Groudle Glen when she was 95-years-old.
She was born in Bebbington in 1913 and her father was head chauffeur for the late Lord Leverhulme at Thornton Manor. She was brought up in a little cottage on the Manor and worked as a post-mistress in Thornton Hough and Port Sunlight.
May met her husband-to-be. Bert, in Brimstage, he had lost his first wife and had two sons, Roger and Peter Bradley.
After Bert moved to the Isle of Man in 1946, he invited May over and they married in 1947. They had a daughter, Susan, in 1948. Sadly Albert died around 30 years ago.
May and Bert owned the Gresham on Locn Promenade in the 1960s, which Peter ran for them. They also owned the Falcon Hotel, which now houses Quids Inn, which Roger ran.
He was responsible for opening the popular Tartan Bar in the Falcon. Peter, still runs the Gresham Hotel today.
May says that she still thinks of Roger and Peter as ‘her little boys’ even though they are now 83 and 78 respectively.