100th birthday milestone for Eva

Chairman of Durham County Council, Councillor Dennis Morgan, dropped in on Eva Hunt to celebrate her 100th birthday and present her with a basket of flowers.

Chairman of Durham County Council, Councillor Dennis Morgan, dropped in on Eva Hunt to celebrate her 100th birthday and present her with a basket of flowers.

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SUPERGRAN Eva Hunt – one of the three surviving widows of a historic pit disaster – has celebrated a milestone birthday.

The grandmother of seven and great gran of 12 has reached her 100th birthday and marked the occasion with her family and friends.

The centenarian is one of the three surviving widows of the Easington Colliery Pit Disaster after her husband of 13 years, Bill, was one of the 83 men to lose their lives in the disaster in May 1951.

Despite the tragedy, Eva lived her life to the full bringing up adopted daughter Margaret McGann and earning the affectionate title “Supergran” from her many grand and great-grand children.

After living half of her life in West Avenue, in Easington, Eva is now a resident of Ashwood Park, in Easington Colliery.

A devout Catholic, Eva began her working career as a nurse at an epileptic colony in Lingfield, Surrey, before returning to the family home in Easington Colliery to look after her family after it was bombed in the Second World War.

Eva, a former treasurer of the women’s section of Easington Royal British Legion, also has a love of singing and was a member of the Silverthreads Choir until she was 92.

Family and friends attended Eva’s 100th birthday celebrations at Ashwood Park after she had Mass said at Our Lady’s RC Church, Easington.