201 years between them, and they’re having a merry Christmas

Edith Seymour celebrates her 100th birthday at Sycamore Care Centre. 'Resident friend Madge Clifton who is also 100 year old (R)
Edith Seymour celebrates her 100th birthday at Sycamore Care Centre. 'Resident friend Madge Clifton who is also 100 year old (R)
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A pair of centenarians who reside at the same Wearside care home have been toasting their long and happy lives.

Edith Seymour turned 100 on Boxing Day, while Madge Clifton will celebrate her 101st birthday on February 2.

Edith Seymour celebrates her 100th birthday at Sycamore Care Centre. Resident friend Madge Clifton who is also 100 year old (R)

Edith Seymour celebrates her 100th birthday at Sycamore Care Centre. Resident friend Madge Clifton who is also 100 year old (R)

On Saturday the duo were surrounded by staff and other residents at the home for a celebratory tea at Sycamore Care Centre, in Nookside.

Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Barry Curran, and his wife Carol both travelled to say congratulations to Edith and Madge.

As a special part of the tea, eight singers from St Anthony’s Sixth Form choir performed songs such as Amazing Grace, Ave Maria and a Sound of Music medley.

Edith, mum to Aileen Dowsett and David Seymour, was born and raised in Pallion and was devoted to her church, St Luke’s. Her husband Jim died a number of years ago.

She’s been living here for five years and despite her age she’s still very sharp minded. She still tells stories to people all the time.

Louise Dowsett

Edith’s grandaughter Louise Dowsett, 35, said: “She’s been living here for five years and despite her age she’s still very sharp minded.

“She still tells stories to people all the time.”

Peter Lovegrove, activity co-ordinator manager at the care centre, said: “Both ladies are an absolute pleasure.

“They are very regal and lovely to talk to.

Edith Seymour celebrates her 100th birthday at Sycamore Care Centre.

Edith Seymour celebrates her 100th birthday at Sycamore Care Centre.

“Madge has been with us for a bit over a year and is originally from London. She tells us she remembers when it was more like a village than the big city it is now.”

Coun Curran said: “It’s been absolutely wonderful to come here today.

“It’s the true spirit of Christmas to see Edith and Madge enjoying themselves and celebrating their lives.

“I’m very proud that we have so many centenarians here in the city and they should be proud too.”