Celebration time for centenarian

Birthday girl Florrie May Stokes with her telegram from the Queen. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Birthday girl Florrie May Stokes with her telegram from the Queen. Picture by Jane Coltman.

There were plenty of smiles at a care home in Stakeford as one of its residents celebrated her 100th birthday.

The party for Florence May Stokes – who was born on December 10, 1916, in Woodhorn Road, Ashington – took place at Bridge View, where she now resides.

Her father worked at Woodhorn Colliery and Florrie, as she is known, left school at the age of 14.

She was initially a cleaner and received five shillings a week. Florrie went on to work at the Pavilion cinema and Proudlock’s Bakery.

She was married twice. Her second husband, Julius Merihein, was from Estonia. They had a daughter, Linda.

Florrie met the Queen in 2001 when Her Majesty officially opened a Northumberland County Blind Association resource centre in Morpeth, but the Monarch could not understand the Geordie words in the Punds and Oonces poem she had written.