A MAID Marion from Hebburn has enjoyed the solitary life for more than a century.
But living alone has not proved a problem for Marion Beaton, who marked her 105th birthday yesterday.
Miss Beaton celebrated with fellow residents at Durham Court, Hebburn, where she has lived since 1978.
She told the Gazette: “I’ve never lived with anyone and no-one’s lived with me.”
But Miss Beaton has always possessed the gift of friendship and several people helped her celebrate her 105th birthday, including the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson.
Coun Gibson said: “The Mayoress and I congratulate Miss Beaton on reaching this milestone in her life.
“I enjoyed meeting up and swapping stories about the history of the borough.”
A lifelong teetotaller, Miss Beaton tucked into her birthday cake to celebrate her special day.
Raised in Hebburn Quay, Miss Beaton entered the world in 1909, five years before the start of the First World War.
In the year she was born, Louis Bleriot first flew the Channel and Ernest Shackleton made his Nimrod Expedition to the South Pole. Miss Beaton was just a baby when the first People’s Budget was introduced in Parliament by David Lloyd George and Manchester United won the FA Cup Final for the first time, beating Bristol City 1-0 at Crystal Palace in London.
Miss Beaton was a loyal worker, spending 45 years at the former Reyrolle factory in Hebburn, receiving a gold watch on her retirement.
Elsie Etherington, 94, a co-worker at the factory, is a neighbour of Miss Beaton in Durham Court.
She told the Gazette: “Marion worked with the coil winding machine at Reyrolle.
“It was hard work, helping to build up the transformers, but she was good at her job and well-liked.
“All the girls at Reyrolle were friendly – it was like a family.”