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Marvellous Mollie is 100

Mollie Serjeant,of Handsworth, celebrates her 100th birthday with great granddaughters Amelia and Anwen Jones, aged 11 and nine.

Mollie Serjeant,of Handsworth, celebrates her 100th birthday with great granddaughters Amelia and Anwen Jones, aged 11 and nine.

It was the year the First World War was declared, George V was on the throne and the first ever scheduled airline flight was made.

Mollie Sergeant, who turns 100 tomorrow, was born four months before the outbreak of World War One in 1914.

Ten decades on and the remarkable centenarian, who has lived through the reigns of four monarchs, celebrated her special day over the weekend.

Still able to live independently and do all her own cooking, Mollie, from Handsworth, puts her longevity down to good fortune.

“I haven’t got a secret to my long life – some go too early. I am just one of those who keeps going,” she said.

Joined for her special party by her son Malcolm, 74, and daughter Barbara, 68, Mollie said she is proud to have maintained her independence.

“I moved here from Ecclesall to be nearer my daughter and I go to hers every Sunday for lunch, but apart from that I do all my own cooking and keep the place tidy,” she added.

“I feel very well for my age, I think I’m marvellous really!”

Mollie, whose husband Charles died 27 years ago at the age of 75, was joined for her celebration by her granddaughter Jackie and grandson Michael, who flew in for the special occasion from San Francisco.

Her great grandchildren Amelia, 11, and Anwen Jones, nine, were also at the party.

Mollie, who worked for The Star’s ‘Mark the Ball’ competitions between 1968 and 1975, received a birthday card from the Queen.

“My birthday is on Tuesday but the card from the Queen came early,” she said.

“We had an open house on Sunday so everyone could be there and it was lovely Michael came all the way from San Francisco.”

Mollie, who used to like dancing, playing tennis and rambling when she was younger, now spends much of her time reading.

 

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