Grandma cel­e­brates cen­te­nary

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A GREAT-GREAT­GRAND­MOTHER who held the Olympic Torch when it passed through the town in 2012 has cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day.

Freda Pid­geon, from Harry Law­son court in Hurds­field, says ‘hard work’ and a sense of hu­mour is her se­cret to a long life and says she has en­joyed her later years more than the first.

Born in Sun­der­land in 1916, Freda moved to Mac­cles­field in 1953 with her late hus­band of 28 years, Ivor, who she met while work­ing in the for­mer Manch­ester depart­ment store Lewis’s cafe. The cou­ple had three chil­dren -Joyce, 72, Mary­lyn, 67, and Ivor, 61.

With six grand­chil­dren, four great-grand­chil­dren and four-great-great grand­chil­dren, the keen knit­ter takes pride in her ap­pear­ance too.

She said: “Just be­cause you’re old doesn’t mean you have to let your­self go.”

●● Freda cel­e­brated with fam­ily and friends

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