A party for Jean’s 102nd

Jen Hopwood celebrates her 102nd birthday in Thomas Knight home, Blyth, with staff member Lucy Steel.
Jen Hopwood celebrates her 102nd birthday in Thomas Knight home, Blyth, with staff member Lucy Steel.

A former Blyth florist and widow of a school headmaster has celebrated her 102nd birthday.

Jean Gair, a resident at the Thomas Knight home in Beaconsfield Street, Blyth, for the past three years, marked the occasion with a party for relatives and friends.

She has lived all her life in Blyth and ran a florists shop in Bowes Street for many years.

Some of the flowers sold were grown by husband Jack, who was not only headmaster of Bebside Senior School but was a prize-winning gardener and leek grower up to the time of his death in 1987.

Mrs Gair is a staunch member of the Central Methodist Church, which stands opposite the Thomas Knight home, was a flower arranger there for many years.

Two years ago, on her 100th birthday, she received a telegram of congratulations from the Queen with a photograph of Her Majesty, which takes pride of place in her room.