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Ruby enjoys celebration

Family members of resident Ruby Ritchie gather at Cramlington's Hartford Court to celebrate her 100th birthday.
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Family members of resident Ruby Ritchie gather at Cramlington's Hartford Court to celebrate her 100th birthday. REF 0704148621

A former potato picker has this week celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by her family and friends.

Ruby Ritchie, nee Cook, was born in Seaton Delaval in April 1914, the oldest of nine children.

She left school at 14 to become a potato picker, and later worked for the National Coal Board chopping hay to feed the pit ponies.

Ruby, who now lives in Hartford Court in Cramlington, married Robert Ritchie in 1944, and had twin sons, Tommy and Bobby.

Gillian Watson, care home manager at Hartford Court, said: “100 is a very special birthday and we couldn’t let it go by without a party.

“We are delighted to be celebrating with Ruby and her family on such a happy day.

“Ruby is dearly loved by all her family and always concerns herself about their welfare.

“She takes great delight in all her four grandchildren, six great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren, and loves to hear about what they have been doing.”

Ruby celebrated with a party and entertainment.

 

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