‘Independence is reason I made 100’

Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal visits the Erewash VIPs at Breaston Methodist Church to celebrate Audrey Salt from Stanley's 100th birthday.
Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal visits the Erewash VIPs at Breaston Methodist Church to celebrate Audrey Salt from Stanley's 100th birthday.

Stanley woman Audrey Salt says her long life is down to a young mind and being independent.

The centenarian celebrated her 100th birthday on January 11.

A ‘Tiser reader for most of her life, Audrey, whose maiden name was Pepper, married miner husband Arthur Salt in 1938 after he spotted her riding a bike through the village and asked a friend to introduce them.

She was born in Stanley, one of nine siblings, and has also lived in Stanley Common and Derby. Her and Arthur used to run pubs during their 64 years of marriage, and had a son called Tony, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Arthur sadly passed away 36 years ago.

From 1965 the couple ran the Working Men’s Club in Stanley Common.

Audrey told the ‘Tiser: “I don’t drink but will have a bit of brandy sauce with my Christmas pudding.

“I am no different now to what I was. I never think of myself as old.

“I’m very independent, I’ve got to admit.”

Audrey enjoys bingo, sewing and knitting, and has been a Derby County FC supporter throughout her life, holding a season ticket for 56 years.

She has three surviving sisters, who are 80, 91 and 93.

Audrey had two parties. One was held at Stanley Village Hall on Sunday, the other at Breaston Methodist Church, hosted by the Erewash VIPS, a group for people with visual impairments.