Nell marks a century with big family birthday party

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A GREAT grandmother from Daventry has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Nell Carwardine, who became a centenarian on Tuesday, marked the occasion with a party at Kilsby House Residential Home, where she now lives.

Mrs Carwardine, who was the eldest of 13 children, moved to Daventry from Northampton when she was 25 to live with her late husband, Alf.

The couple married in 1937 but Alf passed away in 1997, aged 87.

Mrs Carwardine said: “I can’t believe that I’m 100, it’s lovely to get a letter from the Queen and have a party.”

She has a daughter, Val Reynolds, and a son, Pete Carwardine.

Her other son John Carwardine died in 2002.

Mrs Carwardine also has seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Before moving to Kilsby House, she lived on Brook Street, Jubilee Road and Drayton in Daventry.

Her daughter, Mrs Reynolds, said: “All her married life she stayed at home bringing up the children as people did in those days.

“She worked in a shoe factory in Northampton before that.

“They were very well known in Daventry.

“When they retired they loved walking, gardening and going on holiday to Cornwall. We also took her to Spain on holiday when she was 94.

“It was the first time she had ever been abroad and she still talks about it now.

“It’s been lovely to have this party for her.”