NANA IRIS THE IN­TER­NET SEN­SA­TION

Sunderland Echo - - Front page - By David Al­li­son david.al­li­son@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @davi­dal­li­son88

Ad­vanc­ing years have proved to be no bar­rier for Sun­der­land great-great grand­mother Iris Amos – af­ter she be­came a Face­book sen­sa­tion at the ripe old age of 91.

Iris’s fam­ily be­gan do­ing live videos on the so­cial net­work­ing site a few months ago, but they have since gone vi­ral, at­tract­ing tens of thou­sands of views as well as com­ments from peo­ple all over the world.

The fam­ily have now set up a Face­book page en­ti­tled “Lit­tle Nana Iris” as the East End pen­sioner’s pop­u­lar­ity con­tin­ues to grow, with a YouTube chan­nel now cre­ated in her hon­our.

The Face­book page is now fol­lowed by an in­cred­i­ble 25,000 users, who all en­joy see­ing her out and about around Wear­side with her loved ones.

Iris’s great-grand­son Paul Giles, 32, of Red House, said: “My aunty, who’s also called Iris, made a video of my lit­tle nana just talk­ing and we didn’t think much of

it.

“But it got shared and shared and by a while later thou­sands of peo­ple had seen it.

“I thought it’d be a good idea to set up a page and it’s just gone from there. “It’s amaz­ing.” Iris,who­is­mum­toVa­lerie, 69, as well as a grand­mother of six, great grand­mother of nine, and great-great grand­mother of one, ad­mits to lov­ing her new-found fame.

“I go down to the town nearly every day and have a sit down in the Bridges,” she said.

“I’ve been get­ting all kinds of peo­ple coming up to me.

“The kids even ask for a selfie be­cause they say they love me!

“Some­one said that their daugh­ter, who’s in a wheel­chair, was a bit down one day but then I did a lit­tle video mes­sage for her and it cheered her up. “If I’m mak­ing peo­ple happy, then I’m happy too.”

Videos fea­tur­ing Iris have seen her visit the Sta­dium of Light, Sun­der­land

“It­got­sharedand sharedan­dawhileafter thou­sand­shadssenit” PAULGILES

seafront and even the amuse­ment ar­cades at Se­aburn.

“I re­ally think it’s given her an ex­tra lease of life to be hon­est,” added Paul, a car sales­man who is dad to Jay­den, 10.

“She’s got loads of sto­ries to tell and the peo­ple who know her know what a great per­son she is.”

Iris, who was wid­owed fol­low­ing the death of her hus­band James, added: “The fact that peo­ple from Amer­ica, Aus­tralia and Ja­pan have been see­ing the videos is un­be­liev­able.

“They say that I’m ‘a leg­end’.

“I even get recog­nised when peo­ple are walk­ing along the seafront.

“The fact that so many peo­ple know who I am makes me feel good.”

To see the videos with Iris in, search for “Lit­tle Nana Iris” on Face­book and YouTube.

Iris Amos is prov­ing a hit on so­cial me­dia.

Iris’s fam­ily have been film­ing the 91-year-old.

Iris is en­joy­ing her new-found fame.

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