Royal telegram to mark Kitty Pollard’s 100th birthday

Kate (Kitty) Robinson Pollard is celebrating her 100th birthday
Kate (Kitty) Robinson Pollard is celebrating her 100th birthday

An ‘inspirational’ Horbury woman has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Kate (Kitty) Robinson Pollard marked her special day with a party at Brantwood Hall Care Home in Wakefield last Thursday. She also received a telegram from the Queen.

Kate (Kitty) Robinson Pollard is celebrating her 100th birthday

Kate (Kitty) Robinson Pollard is celebrating her 100th birthday

Mrs Pollard, who was born in Horbury on September 18, 1914, went to Horbury Council School and gained a scholarship to Thornes House School in Wakefield at the age of 11.

She later worked in the accounts department at the former Charles Roberts railway works company in Horbury.

It was there she met her husband Donald Custance Pollard and the couple married in 1944 and set up home on Denby Dale Road, later moving to Sandal.

Mr Pollard died in 1964 and the couple never had any children.

Mrs Pollard has two nephews, one niece and nine great nephews and nieces.

Her nephew John Pollard said: “She is simply amazing.

“She is of a generation who lived through two world wars and considerable hardship and yet through sheer determination and true Yorkshire grit, she managed not only to survive, but to be an inspiration to all.

“What a wonderful achievement – we are all so proud of her.”

Mrs Pollard said: “I really enjoyed school and working at Charles Roberts. I have some fond memories.

“My siblings were an extremely important part of my early life especially my brother who served in the First World War.

“My neighbours were also extremely important. When my husband died they were family.”