A milestone birthday for Andy

Cramlington's Andy Matthews celebrates his 100th birthday. Picture by Jane Coltman
Cramlington's Andy Matthews celebrates his 100th birthday. Picture by Jane Coltman

A resident at the Grenville Court sheltered housing scheme in Cramlington has celebrated his 100th birthday.

Andy Matthews was born on November 19, 1918, the second youngest of seven children.

Cramlington's Andy Matthews celebrates his 100th birthday with his daughters Valerie and Betty. Picture by Jane Coltman

Cramlington's Andy Matthews celebrates his 100th birthday with his daughters Valerie and Betty. Picture by Jane Coltman

A number of his family members attended a party to mark the milestone at the weekend.

He and his late wife, Peggy, have two daughters, five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Born in Ashington, Andy’s family growing up included three brothers – Jimmy, John and George – as well as three sisters – Mary, Margaret and Phylis.

His parents were called Isabella and Joe.

He went to Bothal School. When he was 14, he left school and worked in the mines.

At the age of 17, he met Peggy Chirnside. They went to live in London with Peggy’s mother and Andy worked as a doorman at a hotel.

When the Second World War broke out in September 1939, he was called-up for service.

Before he left, Peggy and Andy were married.

Peggy came back to the North East and lived at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. Andy joined her after the war had finished.

He worked at Woodhorn Colliery in the Ashington area from 1946 until retirement in 1979.

Peggy died two-and-a-half years ago. They were married for 77 years.

Daughters Betty and Valerie also went along to see Andy on his actual birthday, Monday.