Sunderland grandmother celebrates 100th birthday

Josephine Malarky on her 100th birthday with daughter Joyce

Josephine Malarky on her 100th birthday with daughter Joyce

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A SUNDERLAND-BORN great great grandmother has celebrated 100 years of her life surrounded by family and friends.

Josephine Malarkey was born on December 18, 1914 and grew up on Wearside.

Josephine Malarky's 100th birthday cake

Josephine Malarky's 100th birthday cake

She settled into a home in Tunstall Road, Ashbrooke, with husband John, a welder, before they moved down south to Hertfordshire in the early 1960s.

Josephine worked in a post office. a grocery shop and as a cleaner before her children were born, after which she became a housewife.

Josephine, whose husband passed away in 2003, enjoyed a birthday party at the care home where she now lives in Bushey, Hertfordshire, where she was handed her 100th birthday card from HRH the Queen.

The event was even more special after North East baker Greggs created a birthday cake for her and also provided stottie sandwiches and sweet treats for guests to enjoy.

Her daughter Joyce, 76, said: “The party has been utterly amazing, I’m gobsmacked.

“We’ve had 17 friends and family of my mam’s as well as all of the residents of the care home she lives in.

As well as Joyce, Josephine also has a son, John, 73, 12 grandchildren as well as several great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

“I have to say a big thanks to Greggs for what they provided, considering the cake was made in Scotland and sent down.

“Mam was over the moon with everything,” added Joyce, who lives near her mum in Watford.

“When she saw her card from the Queen she said “well I’m high-profile now”.

“She’s had a tremendous time.”