Glamorous Sunderland gran celebrates 100th birthday with 80-year-old daughter

Mary Ann Ironside pictured on her 100th birthday surrounded by some of her family at her home in Silksworth.'(l to r) Jackie Brown, Paul Fletcher, Shirley Brown, Lorraine Fletcher, Mary Ann Ironside, Connie Fletcher, Liam Brown, Ashlea Brown and Layton Fletcher.

Mary Ann Ironside pictured on her 100th birthday surrounded by some of her family at her home in Silksworth.'(l to r) Jackie Brown, Paul Fletcher, Shirley Brown, Lorraine Fletcher, Mary Ann Ironside, Connie Fletcher, Liam Brown, Ashlea Brown and Layton Fletcher.

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A WEARSIDE pensioner was treated like a queen to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Mary Ann Ironside even donned a tiara and jewels to enjoy a family party to mark her special event.

Mary Ann, who lives with her 80-year-old daughter Shirley Brown in Silksworth, was smiling all day as she celebrated with her five-generation family.

Shirley said although being struck by measles as a three-year-old left her mum profoundly deaf, Mary Ann didn’t let the disability stop her leading a full life.

Shirley said: “She was amazing at lip reading, people wouldn’t know she was deaf because she could lip read so well.”

Born in the Hendon area of Sunderland, Mary Ann, one of four children, was privately educated at the then Grange School in Stockton Road.

However, Shirley said: “She never worked really, I think my granddad used to wrap her up in cotton wool because she was deaf.”

Mary Ann, who was married to her late husband John Ironside, a cobbler, has enjoyed a lifelong love of reading and books are still her passion to this day.

Shirley added: “She just loves reading, I think she must have read every book in the library, she loves a good crime novel.”

The centenarian, who as well has having a daughter, also has two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren, was also a keen knitter and crocheter until the last few years.

Shirley said up until about a year ago, Mary Ann was very sprightly and would talk at length about the old days, but has become more forgetful.

However, Mary Ann knew it was her 100th birthday and said: “It’s lovely.”