Landmark Birthday

Extract from Leicester Mercury Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Frances Berry

Frances Berry’s 100th Birthday

A “remarkable woman” has celebrated a landmark birthday with family and friends. Frances Berry was joined by about 100 well-wishers at Leicester’s Knighton and Victoria Bowls Club to mark her 100th birthday

Among the many people enjoying the celebration were Mrs Berry’s three children, Les Berry, 76, Patricia Connor, 73, and David Berry, 50, as well as the youngest member of the family, four-month-old Charlotte Joy, her great-great-granddaughter.

Mrs Berry’s grandson, Kevin Berry, 49, from Beaumont Leys, Leicester, said: “Grandma had a tear in her eye all the way through the gathering ñ for the right reasons, though. “There was a great turnout.

Some people were there that she hadn’t seen in a very long time. “My grandson, George, is only five and was absolutely terrified of her ñ he’s never met anyone that old before. But she didn’t show her age at the party.

“She got there at about 5.30pm and was one of the last to leave. “Then she probably went back to the nursing home to talk the ears off the nurses.”

Mrs Berry met her late husband, Albert, in 1931. They married a year later. The couple lived in a variety of locations in the city including Loughborough Road, Kent Street and Ash Street.

Mr Berry died in 1983, at the age of 79.

Their eldest son, Les, from Great Glen, said: “When my parents were married they lived on eight shillings a week, which is about 40p, and my mum took great pleasure in telling everyone that at the party.

“She’s a remarkable woman. She gave birth to my brother, David, when she was 50.”

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