Sunderland pensioner celebrates 100th birthday

Celebrarting her 100th birthday on Monday was Ruth Brown, of the Holy Cross care home, Ettrick Grove, Sunderland, pictured here with son Paul Brown, grandchildren Chris and Lisa Brown and great grandchildren Rowan and Ethan.
Celebrarting her 100th birthday on Monday was Ruth Brown, of the Holy Cross care home, Ettrick Grove, Sunderland, pictured here with son Paul Brown, grandchildren Chris and Lisa Brown and great grandchildren Rowan and Ethan.
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BEAMING Ruth Brown celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by three generations of her family.

Her son, granddaughter, grandson and great grandsons travelled from across the country to celebrate her milestone at Holy Cross Care Home, in High Barnes.

The centenarian, from Grangetown, attended the city’s former Commercial Road School before working as an outfitter in the clothing industry.

She married late-husband Thomas, a warehouse manager, at St Aidan’s Church in 1945.

Ruth, a member of the city’s St Gabriel’s Church for 60 years, spent her big day on Monday with family and friends.

Son Paul, who travelled from Grimsby to Wearside for the party, said: “She’s had a great day. Everybody wanted to see her and help her celebrate.

“It was fantastic to get everybody together.

“The care home did a great job in organising the party.”

Julie Thompson, deputy manager at the care home, said up to 100 guests attended the get-together.

“It was absolutely fantastic,” she said.

“We wanted to organise something special to mark the occasion.

“We tried really hard to make sure everybody had a good time and it went really well.

“Ruth had an amazing time with her friends and family.

“She really enjoyed it.”