SUNDERLAND-mad centenarian Florence Pescott is hoping for a belated birthday treat this weekend – another derby win.
Florence, from Sunderland’s East End, reached the milestone yesterday and celebrated with family and friends, wearing the colours of her favourite team.
Her birthday capped off a great week which saw Sunderland reach their first cup final for 22 years and the fifth round of the FA Cup.
And it would be extra icing on the cake if her favourite team beat rivals Newcastle in Saturday’s Tyne-Wear derby.
Grandson Phil Orwin, from Hill View, said: “She has been a lifelong SAFC fan and has a brick with her name on in one of the walls at the Stadium of Light.
“She used to go to Roker Park to watch Sunderland play and can recall attending games with her father when she was a child. For them to win the derby as well would be even better for her.”
Born in 1914, Florence was 14 when she moved to London to work for a family “in service”, carrying out domestic chores.
In 1935, she married Joseph Henry Pescott at John Street Registry Office, in Sunderland.
“My grandfather died in 1983 and my grandmother moved from Sunderland to Washington,” said Phil. “They used to live in Eglinton Street, which is opposite where the Stadium of Light is now,,but it was the site of the old Wearmouth Colliery when my grandmother lived there.”
Florence has five children, 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 26 great-great-grandchildren.
“She is also a Cliff Richard fan and puts his new calendar up each year and saves all the old ones,” added Phil.