Dorothy Martin 100

Born at the end of the First World War, Dorothy Martin celebrated her 100th birthday, surrounded by family and friends. 

Mrs Martin, who lives at Aspen House, Pontypridd, has been a key member of her local community for many years and among the well-wishers on her special birthday was a visit from Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor, Councillor Linda De Vet. 

Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor, Councillor Linda De Vet, said: “I was delighted to go along and meet Dorothy on her special day. 

“During her lifetime she has given so much to her community, a community she loves so much. I wish her well and send her my best wishes.” 

Born the year the Cenotaph was unveiled at Whitehall in London, Mrs Martin went on to become a volunteer member of the Civil Defence Corps, learning to drive ambulances and taking part in emergency procedures whenever called upon. 

She also carried out volunteer work with the local Girl Guides movement and held the post of Brown Owl for many years, eventually becoming a local Commissioner. 

Mrs Martin also organised annual Brownie camps to Gorweilion, Porthcawl, and Merthyr Mawr. 

Having started her working life as an assistant cook in Cardiff, she then took up catering duties in Honiton. During the Second World War she helped manufacture barrage balloons. 

Moving into the retail industry in the 1960s, Mrs Martin worked at the Royal Café, Pontypridd Ironmongers, a clerk at the headquarters of Leslie Stores and also at Treforest Engineers. 

As a member of the British Red Cross Society, she was recognised for her long service and was a keen charity worker and fundraiser. 

For many years, Mrs Martin was an active member of Treforest Senior Citizens Society and was secretary and treasurer, helping organise regular meetings and annual trips.

A long-standing member of Calvary English Baptist Church, Pontypridd, Mrs Martin has two children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

Posted on Wednesday 8th January 2020

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