Lily Ziegler celebrates her 100th birthday

Lily Ziegler 100th birthday
Lily Ziegler 100th birthday

Former city butcher Lily Ziegler will have a full day of celebrations on Sunday when she marks her 100th birthday with friends and family.

Mrs Ziegler, who was born in Middlesbrough, ran the former Ziegler’s butchers with her late husband Albert for 20 years having moved to the city in 1939.

The couple ran two stores – one on Westmorland Street and another in Newton Hill – until Albert died in 1958.

Following her husband’s death, Mrs Ziegler joined the former Women’s Royal Voluntary Service and she was awarded an MBE for her commitment.

Mrs Ziegler said: “Working in the shop was unreal. I met lots of different people and we were open during the war when everyone had ration books.

“People used to come in and always try for extras. It was a really nice atmosphere.”

Mrs Ziegler, of Broomhall Avenue, spent 21 years as a volunteer and became the WRVS area organiser for the Wakefield district in 1974.

She helped deliver meals and also helped set up the WRVS’ shop at Pinderfields Hospital.

She was awarded her MBE in 1982 and volunteered with the organisation for 21 years.

Mrs Ziegler added: “I couldn’t believe it when I got my MBE.

“One of the WRVS organisers in Leeds nominated me and I was very humbled to receive it.

“I led a very busy life when I worked in the shop and raising my family then I went from that to having nothing to do.

“So I wanted to do something to keep me busy and I went along to the WRVS with a friend of mine and it went from there.”

Mrs Ziegler will celebrate her birthday with a party at her home with friends and family.

She added: “I’m really looking forward to my party. The marquee is already up and it’s going to be a great day.”

Mrs Ziegler has two surviving children, Gwen and Peter, while daughter Tina died eight years ago. She also has 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.