It’s all about family for Agnes, 101

All smiles: Agnes Durkin, from Horden, receives a greeting card and basket of flowers from the vice-chairman of Durham County Council, Council Linda Marshall, JP, as she celebratesher 101st birthday.
All smiles: Agnes Durkin, from Horden, receives a greeting card and basket of flowers from the vice-chairman of Durham County Council, Council Linda Marshall, JP, as she celebratesher 101st birthday.

A GREAT-GREAT-GRANDMOTHER celebrated a milestone birthday with her family and friends and received a visit from a council chief.

Agnes Durkin celebrated her 101st birthday at her home in Horden, where she has lived since she was three.

Agnes, a mum-of-nine with 27 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, was visited by Durham County Council vice-chairman, Councillor Linda Marshall, who gave her flowers and a card.

Agnes’s family said a close-knit family life has played a major role in her longevity. The centenarian, who was one of nine children, was widowed in 1957 after 28 years of marriage.

Agnes belonged to the Durham Star of the Sea Catholic Church and was an active member of the parish for many years.

She said: “I had a brief spell working on a farm after school and then family life took over.

“I’ve devoted my life to my family.”

Coun Marshall said: “Agnes is a wonderful lady and it was a real pleasure to meet her and enjoy her many stories.”