Vera celebrates 100th birthday

PARTY: Vera George celebrated her 100th birthday with a family party. Picture by John Anyon.

PARTY: Vera George celebrated her 100th birthday with a family party. Picture by John Anyon.

First published in Worcester Worcester News: Sarah Hickinbotham by

SHE was born just days after the Titanic sank and survived both the First and Second World Wars.

Now, Worcester woman Vera George has reached another milestone in her life – her 100th birthday.

The centenarian yesterday marked the occasion in style with a celebration at St Stephen’s Care Home, off Droitwich Road, Worcester, surrounded by family and friends.

There were balloons, birthday cakes and bunches of beautiful flowers – including some sent by one of her many grandchildren who now lives in Australia.

Mrs George was born in the city on April 24, 1912, and later lived and was schooled in Yeovil, where her father’s work took the family.

She returned to Worcester and finished her education before she took work in the market hall in The Shambles as a trainee florist.

The mother-of-two met her late husband, Horace, in the city and they raised two children together – Dick and Margaret.

In later years, the grandmother and great-grandmother worked at Marks and Spencer, Littlewoods and Thompson’s Fruit and Veg.

Speaking on the day of her birthday, she said: “I’ve had a lovely day – it was more than I ever expected.”

In the past 100 years, Mrs George has lived under the rule of 20 prime ministers and the reign of five monarchs.

She has witnessed the birth of the internet, the rise of the car, the fall of the Berlin Wall and man land on the moon.

Revealing the secret to her longevity, Mrs George said: “Grandchildren and a moan and a whinge each day.”


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