Mary’s all set for her 100th birthday party

Mary Warbis, of Long Clawson, who has celebrated her 100th birthday EMN-151023-130306001
Mary Warbis, of Long Clawson, who has celebrated her 100th birthday EMN-151023-130306001
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When Mary Warbis was born, British troops were fighting in the trenches in the First World War, Charlie Chaplin released his iconic movie, The Tramp, and Ford rolled the one millionth Model T car off its production lines.

Life is very different now as she prepares to celebrate her 100th birthday on Saturday at the Long Clawson house she shares with daughter Liz.

Mary is clearly bewildered by the changes she has seen in her long life.

She recalled: “Television is one of the biggest changes - when we were children we either read in the evening or we went to bed because there was not much else to do.

“There are also so many more cars on the road compared to when I was growing up.

“And washing machines are great - there is none of the old drudgery using a copper and a mangle anymore.”

Mary was born and brought up at 28 Belgrave Gate in Leicester and she is the only survivor or four children.

Her architect father died when she was 19 and her mother helped her mum in a milliner’s shop.

Mary married her beloved Alfred in 1940, after they met while both worked at Brush Hawker Siddeley, and the couple had three children.

Talented artist Alfred, who was 33 years older and who died in 1976, used to have his sketches published in the Melton Times in the 1950s.

Mary enjoys spending time with her family, which includes five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

She added: “I am happy with the life I have had and I am very grateful that I still have my mental marbles.

“But I wish that my sight and my hearing were better and that I could walk without a frame.”