Special celebration for South Tyneside centenarian

Lilian Burns celebrates her 100th birthday.
Lilian Burns celebrates her 100th birthday.

It was many happy returns 100 times over for South Tyneside’s newest centenarian.

Lilian Burns was given a party to remember by staff at Garden Hill Nursing Home yesterday to help her celebrate her 100th birthday.

It was a pleasure to have been invited to Mrs Burn’s 100th birthday party.

Coun Richard Porthouse

The event was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside Coun Richard Porthouse and his wife Patricia.

Mrs Burns was one of three children and grew up at South Parmeston Street attending Dean Road School.

She went on to care for her grandmother learning how to do housework.

When war broke out she was called up to work in an ammunition factory in Birmingham.

She met her husband Albert Burns and the couple married at St Peter’s Church on February 26, 1947.

She lived her married life in Norfolk Road, in South Shields.

Over the years she enjoyed attending walking clubs and the only time she drank alcohol was an odd sherry at Christmas or birthdays.

The centenarian says her achievement in life is “to have lived as long as I have.”

Mrs Burns received a card from the Queen to mark the birthday milestone.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Richard Porthouse, said: “It was a pleasure to wish Mrs Burns a very happy one-hundredth birthday and to be invited to help celebrate this wonderful occasion at Garden Hill Nursing Home.

“I was thrilled to have the chance to swap stories and find out more about her life. The Mayoress and I thoroughly enjoyed chatting to Mrs Burns over a cup of tea and it was lovely to be introduced to her friends.”