Ex-Sunderland teacher celebrates her 100th birthday

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AN ex-teacher will mark her 100th birthday today with a visit to mass.

Cathleen Summers will attend a service at St Mary’s RC Church as part of her celebrations, which will also see friends and family join in a party at St Martha’s Residential Home in Thornhill Road.

Cathleen spent part of her teaching career taking classes at St Mary’s Secondary School from 1960, making the move to St Joseph’s RC School in 1962 until about 1970, when she retired following a fall.

She had trained at Endsleigh College in Hull, before heading back to her home town of Alnwick to take up a post.

She had married George in 1947 and they and their four children moved to Sunderland in 1957, with her husband working for the Sunderland Echo, having previously worked for the Alnwick Gazette as an apprentice linotype operator.

Cathleen has been a resident of St Matha’s since 2009 and her family say she is in good health for her age.

She is a fervent member of the Catholic Church and has attended St Mary’s Church in Sunderland for more than 50 years. She has two daughters, Sheila and Kathleen, and five grandchildren, Stephanie, Luke, Ethan, Alice and Aika, and survives her sons, Edmund, who died in 1997 aged 46, and Gerard, who died aged 60 in 2009.