Family gathers for Lark Rise centenarian's birthday

Over a dozen family members spanning four generations visited Lark Rise Care Home this week to wish a very special lady happy birthday.
Irene Hodgkinson is joined by four generations as they celebrate her 100th birthday. NNL-181023-170800009Irene Hodgkinson is joined by four generations as they celebrate her 100th birthday. NNL-181023-170800009
Irene Hodgkinson is joined by four generations as they celebrate her 100th birthday. NNL-181023-170800009

Born in Bradford, west Yorkshire, on October 23, 1918, Irene Hodgkinson, nee de Courcy, celebrated her 100th birthday in Banbury surrounded by relatives including her great-grandchildren.

Irene left school at 14 years old and started her working life as a weaver. She was one of five children having two brothers, Louis and Walter and two sisters Lucy and Margaret.

Irene met her first husband through family in Bradford. She married a second time, to Peter, at the grand old age of 75 in a ceremony not typical of your average pensioner.

Irene Hodgkinson of Lark Rise Care Home, Banbury, is 100 years old. NNL-181023-170727009Irene Hodgkinson of Lark Rise Care Home, Banbury, is 100 years old. NNL-181023-170727009
Irene Hodgkinson of Lark Rise Care Home, Banbury, is 100 years old. NNL-181023-170727009

Daughter Carole Paul, said: “She got married in Las Vegas, we all went over.

“They were originally going to get married on a Mississippi steam boat but when they got there the paperwork wasn’t correct.”

The family had set up a reminiscence table which included her Las Vegas marriage certificate and her christening gown.

Asked for the secret of her mothers longevity Carole said: “I would say she has always ate sensibly and not a lot.

“She would have one biscuit and not the packet full. She could quite easily say no to cake.”

Carole added: “I don’t take after her.”

Irene said of the party: “It was a lovely surprise.”

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