County cricket fan dies at age of 100

Sally Milner

Sally Milner

First published in Keighley

A Keighley woman who was Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s oldest female member has died.

Mother-of-three Sally Milner, who used to live in Nessfield Drive, Exley Head, was 100 years old, and was a resident at Herncliffe Nursing Home.

During her many years as a cricket fan, she had travelled all over the country to watch Yorkshire’s team play, and even had tea with batting legend Geoffrey Boycott.

She was born as Sarah Lilley in Keighley – though was later known as Sally – and worked as a spinner in different local mills for more than 50 years after she left school at 14.

She married painter and decorator Les Horner in 1936. He died in 1963.

She had two daughters – Irene and Elaine – and a son, also called Les.

Her family said she enjoyed many trips to St Ives in Cornwall, and had also been a keen bingo player at the Engineers’ Club in Russell Street.

Irene said her mother had been in Herncliffe for about two months before she died, and praised the “brilliant” care provided by the nursing home’s staff.

Mrs Milner’s funeral service was due to take place at Oakworth Crematorium on Tuesday, with donations in her memory to go towards Age UK.

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