Happy 106th birthday for Jenny

106 year old Jenny Taylor. Picture by Tom Collins

106 year old Jenny Taylor. Picture by Tom Collins

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A CENTENARIAN has celebrated her 106th birthday and put her long life down to hard work.

Jenny Taylor celebrated the landmark birthday yesterday surrounded by family, cards, flowers and a telegram from Her Majesty the Queen.

It was the third telegram Mrs Taylor has received after getting one on her 100th and 105th birthday.

The mum-of-four was born on July 22, 1906 and has lived through two world wars.

Originally from Consett, her family moved to Hartlepool in the late 1920s before settling in Blackhall.

The grandmother-of-seven, who used to work in a fish shop, now lives in Yohden Hall Care Home, in Blackhall.

Married to George Taylor, who died aged 50 in 1950, the pair had four children. David, who died aged two, Maurice, who died in January at the age of 81, Ronnie, 78, and 69-year-old Gerrald Taylor, who now lives in Harrogate.

Ronnie, a dad-of-two from Meadow Avenue, Blackhall, said: “It is a great achievement to reach 106.

“My mum always tells people it is down to hard work and she has been a strong woman over the years.

“Mum always says she has lived too long, but we keep telling her she will go when it is her turn and not before.

“We are not sure if she is the oldest in the region, but there can’t be many older.

“She has lived through two world wars and seen a lot of changes over the years.”

The ex-miner, who is married to Jean, 75, added: “It was lovely for her to receive another telegram from the Queen.

“The first was for her 100th birthday and then mum got one for her 105th and then again this year.

“It is especially nice in the same year as the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.”

Mrs Taylor, who also has 10 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren, lived in Aspatira Avenue, Blackhall, before moving into the care home.