Bedford’s Hilda Millard waltzes her way to a century

Hilda Stevenson celebrates her century with her son, Graham.

There was a big birthday celebration at Oak Way House on Kimbolton Road recently, when resident Hilda Millard celebrated turning 100.

She puts her longevity down to her lifelong love of dancing, which she still does every Friday evening in Kempston with her two close friends aged 102 and 105.

“I could dance before I could walk”, she said. “If I had to name my favourite dance it would be a slow Foxtrot or a nice romantic waltz.”

Hilda was born Hilda Stevenson in 1919 in Pattershall Street Bedford, near where the current bus station is located.

She married Leslie Millard in 1942 and has one son, Graham, 73, who joined in the centenary celebrations.

Hilda spent much of the war working in a munition’s factory in Elstow having previously worked at Meltis, chocolate and confectionery manufacturers in Bedford.

Marie Taylor, Chief Executive of Bedford Citizen’s Housing Association said, “It was a privilege and pleasure to be a part of Hilda’s special day.

“She looks twenty years younger than her age and is the best advert for dancing that I have ever seen.”

This article has been updated after being supplied with the wrong maiden and married names, which have now been corrected.