A MAID who worked at some of London’s most exclusive addresses has marked her 100th birthday.
Cecila Parsons, who was born in Murton, began her career after leaving school at 14 and took up her first job with Wanless’s shop in Seaham delivering cakes and bread.
She moved on to work for a Mrs Chiltern at Rock House in the town before moving on to Gilston House in Harlow, Essex.
From there she took up posts at Berkley Square in Mayfair, London, with a Mrs Wyndham-Clarke.
The street is where Winston Churchill lived as a child and has also been home to noble families and countesses.
She went on to work for heiress Lady Baillie, daughter of the 1st Baron of Queenborough, in Grosvenor Square, also in Mayfair, and at the family-owned Leeds Castle in Kent.
Cecila returned to the North East in 1934, when she went back to work for Mrs Chiltern at Rock House before marrying husband Norman, a miner at Vane Tempest Colliery, and the couple had son Norman in 1937.
In 1969, Norman Snr was involved in a pit accident which left him a quadriplegic and his wife spent until his death in 1989 caring for him.
At the age of 97, she moved in to the Beachcomber Nursing Home in North Road, where she celebrated her 100th birthday with fellow residents and her family earlier this month.
Her son said: “She got two cards, one from the Queen and the other from pensions minister Iain Duncan Smith and the home put on a lovely buffet.”