South Tyneside’s Mayor was on hand to celebrate a centenarian’s milestone day.
Eva Newton celebrated her 100th birthday with friends, family and the borough’s Mayor and Mayoress, Coun Richard Porthouse and his wife Patricia, at Campbell Court, in Hebburn.
Mrs Newton was born in 1915, in Jarrow, and has lived in South Tyneside ever since. After school she went into service and then returned to Jarrow to work in Woolworths.
She married her first husband, John Anderson from Hebburn, in August 1939, a month before the start of World War Two, and had one daughter, Jean, followed by three sons David, Dennis and Les. They had a happy marriage but John died suddenly in January 1964.
After being single for 23 years she found love once again and married Albert Newton in 1986, who passed away in 1995.
The Mayor said: “It was wonderful to celebrate Mrs Newton’s 100th birthday and I was delighted to have been invited along to meet her and all of her family.
“I was thrilled to have the chance to swap stories and reminisce about times gone by in South Tyneside. Mrs Newton had a lovely chat with myself and the Mayoress over a slice of cake and it was lovely to be introduced to her friends and family.”
Mrs Newton was an avid dancer and a regular at the tea dances held at Primrose Community Centre. She is now a crossword fanatic and enjoys nothing more than sitting down to solve a good word puzzle.
Mrs Newton’s daughter Jean said: “It was a moment of great pride when the Mayor and Mayoress came along to my mother’s birthday party. I was full of emotion when I introduced them to everyone and I was thrilled they stayed for the evening to chat to my mum and to meet all her family.”