‘Ilkeston’s oldest woman’, 108, dies

NILALC100713J1 - kirk Hallam resident Annie Keightley, celebrating her 107th birthday with l-r Great, great niece Emma Clarke, five, Great, great Nephew Jamie Clarke, seven, nephew Graham Savage and Peggy Savage
NILALC100713J1 - kirk Hallam resident Annie Keightley, celebrating her 107th birthday with l-r Great, great niece Emma Clarke, five, Great, great Nephew Jamie Clarke, seven, nephew Graham Savage and Peggy Savage
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A FORMER hosiery worker, thought to have been Ilkeston’s oldest resident, has died.

Annie Keightley, 108, was born in Heanor Road in 1903 and spent her whole life in the town.

She worked at Wolsey Hosiery until she retired at 60 and lived most recently at Oliver House care home in Kirk Hallam.

She never married after her fiance Mansel was killed in a mining disaster in Doncaster.

According to her niece Maureen Hornby, of Newthorpe, when asked what the secret to her long life was Annie would always say ‘never having a man to look after’.