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Birthday girl celebrates 100 years

Celebrating her 100th birthday on Saturday July 12th is Edna Alcock of Robert Wheatman Court, Garngetown, Sunderland.

Celebrating her 100th birthday on Saturday July 12th is Edna Alcock of Robert Wheatman Court, Garngetown, Sunderland.

CENTENARIAN Edna Alcock today celebrates 100 years of her life.

The mum-of-three, grandmother-of-eight and great-grandmother-of-10 has been enjoying reaching three digits at her home in Robert Wheatman Court, Grangetown, surrounded by her family and friends.

When Edna was born, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria had recently been assassinated, and the beginning of the First World War was getting ever nearer.

After growing up in Monkwearmouth, as a young woman she sold chocolates and other confectioneries at the Sunderland Empire, before going on to take up a post at Hendon Paper Mill for most of her working life.

Tragically, her first husband George Mason, who served in the Royal Navy, was lost at sea during the Second World War, after the Arctic Convoy ship he was on was attacked in February 1942.

Having had a daughter, Valerie, with George, she later married Ned Alcock, having two more children, Joan and David.

Ned died more than two decades ago.

Edna will today join with her family, friends and neighbours to commemorate the milestone.

Daughter Valerie, 73, said: “She’s in good health considering she broke her hip three years ago and broke her arm earlier this year.

“She’s come back from both of those and she still enjoys seeing her family and friends.”

 

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