BIRTHDAY girl Phyllis Atkinson moved into her current home the year after the Jarrow March.
More than 75 years later, Mrs Atkinson celebrated her 100th birthday in the same house with family members, plus special guests, the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson, and Hebburn South councillors Nancy Maxwell and Eddie McAtominey.
Coun Gibson, who presented Mrs Atkinson with flowers, said: “It’s a great occasion to reach 100 and I wished Mrs Atkinson many happy returns on behalf of the people of South Tyneside.”
Surrounded by flowers and birthday cards, Mrs Atkinson joked when asked what it was like to reach her first century.
“I think it’s terrible!” she quipped. But Mrs Atkinson also conceded that she has been blessed by mostly good health and other long-living relations.
Asked for the formula for a long and healthy life, teetotal Mrs Atkinson said: “I think it’s all about hard work and keeping going.”
Originally from Yorkshire, Mrs Atkinson moved to South Tyneside as a young girl, first living in Wansbeck Road, Jarrow.
She later fell in love with her future husband, Bill, and the happy couple were married at St Paul’s Church, Jarrow, in 1937.
Mrs Atkinson said: “We had a honeymoon in London for about a week, but had to come home early for family reasons.”
The couple moved to Craddock Avenue, Hebburn, just after the wedding, and Mrs Atkinson has spent the rest of her life in the same house.
Her late husband worked for many years as an electrical engineer at the famous Reyrolle works in Hebburn, just a short distance from their front door.
Mr and Mrs Atkinson had one daughter, Dorothy, followed by two grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Birthday celebrations for Mrs Atkinson included a birthday meal at the Holiday Inn, Seaton Burn, Newcastle.