“Wonderful” Jane reaches 100

Left to right, Raymond Tyreman, Ben Watson, Margaret Lucas, Freda Waite, Alexander Watson, Dorothy Johnson, Alexander Watson jnr. and Pauline Coward
Left to right, Raymond Tyreman, Ben Watson, Margaret Lucas, Freda Waite, Alexander Watson, Dorothy Johnson, Alexander Watson jnr. and Pauline Coward

A TELEGRAM from the Queen sits proudly in Jane Fuller’s room after the “precious” mum celebrated her 100th birthday two years after undergoing hip surgery.

Jane, who has lived in Hartlepool all of her life, was joined by her family and friends to mark the hugely impressive milestone occasion.

Her proud daughter, Margaret Lucas, 67, beamed: “She’s always been a wonderful mum, she’s a wonderful woman, she’s amazing.”

Jane was born in the Middleton area of Hartlepool near to where Hartlepool Marina now stands.

She later moved to West Hartlepool and then to Marston Gardens, Cleveland Road, the Headland, back to Cleveland Road and then to Marine Drive, in the town, where she lived for 40 years.

Jane was a pub-worker before the Second World War when she then became a crane driver at Richardson Westgarth, in the town.

After the war, Jane and her husband Bill, took over the running of the old Hartlepool Hotel, on the Headland, before she finished her working life as a night cook at the former St Hilda’s Hospital.

She married the love-of-her-life Bill in 1934, but sadly he died in 1968, aged 61, after a battle with cancer.

When she was 98, Jane had a fall and broke her hip, but remarkably survived the surgery despite her age.

Jane’s only child, Margaret, a retired hairdresser on cruises and publican who ran pubs including the Raby Arms in Hart Village, said: “I’m very lucky to still have my mum, I realise that.

Margaret, who lives in Billingham, added: “She’s such an amazing lady.

“She has lived a happy life and did a lot of travelling.

“I lived in Bermuda for 12 years and she used to come out and visit us every Christmas.”

Jane celebrated her birthday on Wednesday with her family and friends at Brierton Lodge Nursing Home, in Brierton Lane, where she now lives.