A Sunderland-born great-great grandmother is set to head a five-a-side team with a difference when she celebrates reaching her century.
Lilian Stewert will be among five generations of her family at a special party at Newcastle’s St James’s Park later this month.
She will mark her 100th birthday alongside daughter Winifred, 78, granddaughter Karen, 46, great-grandson Paul, 30, and great-great grandson 15-month-old Cooper, as well as family members from afar afield as Canada.
The 30 guests will have a traditional Sunday lunch in an executive box overlooking the pitch, and her family firmly approve of the choice of venue for the celebration.
Great-grandson Paul Trench said: “We’re Newcastle fans through and through and we have Sunday lunch at St James’s Park all the time, which is why we picked it for this special celebration.
“But it’s not quite so black and white for Lilian, who has happy memories of both Newcastle and Sunderland.”
She’s fiercely independent and a true inspiration to the whole family – she’s marvellous and we all think the world of herPaul Trench
Born in Pallion, Sunderland, in 1915, Lilian moved to the Walkergate area of Newcastle when she married Bob in 1938, returning to Sunderland during the Second World War.
Paul added: “It has been quite a life. She saw her father, her husband, Bob, and her brother, Bobby, go to war and, sadly, Bobby never returned, falling during the liberation of Holland towards the end of the Second World War.
“Despite that sadness, however, she has had a really happy life.
“She’s fiercely independent and a true inspiration to the whole family – she’s marvellous and we all think the world of her.”