A great-great 100th birth­day

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS - STU­ART GREER

APOP­U­LAR and in­dus­tri­ous woman has cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day.

Olive Quinn, a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to Be­long care vil­lage in Mac­cles­field, wel­comed the land­mark oc­ca­sion with a party with fam­ily and friends, where she opened her card from the Queen.

The great, great grand­mother said that the se­cret to her long life was to have fight­ing spirit and to en­joy a lit­tle drink ev­ery now and then.

Olive was born in Manch­ester and spent her early years bat­tling for the at­ten­tion of their par­ents against her three brothers.

In her late teens Olive em­barked on a ro­mance with her next door neigh­bour, Charles Quinn, which was for­bid­den by both fam­i­lies be­cause of their religious be­liefs.

But in 1937 the star­crossed lovers wed re­gard­less and two years later had the first of their two chil­dren Mau­reen, fol­lowed by Paul a few years later.

While rais­ing her fam­ily Olive did her for the war ef­fort, pro­duc­ing mu­ni­tions in a fac­tory, as well as work­ing as a bus con­duc­tor and butcher.

Af­ter the con­flict she be­came very in­dus­tri­ous run­ning a gro­cery shop, hard­ware store and mar­ket stall.

In the 1950s the fam­ily de­cided to em­i­grate to Amer­ica, and for a year lived in New York. How­ever, Olive was too home­sick and they re­turned to the UK.

Charles started a suc­cess­ful epoxy resin busi­ness and the fam­ily moved to live in Knutsford, Northen­den and later Wilm­slow.

How­ever tragedy struck the fam­ily when Paul was killed in a boat­ing ac­ci­dent, aged 28.

Olive kept her­self busy work­ing, but was hap­pi­est in­dulging her hob­bies and gar­den­ing and an­tiques.

Charles died in the early 1990s but Olive was de­ter­mined to live an in­de­pen­dent life for as long as pos­si­ble and only gave up driv­ing when she was 95.

For the last six years Olive has at­tended Be­long Mac­cles­field as an ex­pe­ri­ence day client, which means she gets to ac­cess all the fa­cil­i­ties and en­joy the ac­tiv­i­ties with other res­i­dents.

Olive, who now lives with Mau­reen in Wilm­slow, is also kept busy keep­ing up with the lives of her four grand­chil­dren, six great-grand­chil­dren and two great­great grand­chil­dren.

Mau­reen said: “Mum was al­ways a strong char­ac­ter, thanks to grow­ing up with four brothers. She has never been idle and was very in­dus­tri­ous. She has lived a happy life and loves her reg­u­lar visit to Mac­cles­field.”

He­len May­banks

●● Bronte, in­set, and on stage as Princess Fiona with ‘Shrek’

●● Olive Quinn cel­e­brates her 100th birth­day with fam­ily and friends

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