A CENTENARIAN marked a milestone birthday with a game of dominoes.
Isabelle Enright turned 100 yesterday and enjoyed celebrations including a singer, birthday cake and balloons laid on at Yohden Lodge, in Blackhall, where she lives.
Isabelle, known as Belle, was born in Horden and attended Horden Girls’ School before getting a job with Kilburn’s draper store in the village.
After that, she worked at Wingate and Station Town Co-op.
She spent her life working for the Co-op, including in the latter stages at the Blackhall and Ryhope branches, before she retired.
Isabelle’s cousin, Margaret Shepherd, 71, from High Hesleden, said: “She worked her days out there until she retired, then she looked after her mother, who was also called Isabelle and she was nearly 102 when she died in 1995.
“When her mother died, we got her a house in Blackhall – we have always been close.”
Margaret, married to Fred, added: “She loves to play dominoes and looking at old photos, and she loves to help with the housework. She jokes that she would love to find a job.” Isabelle, who never married, received a telegram from the Queen.
Margaret added: “She has worked hard all her life and looked after herself, her mother and me and my husband.”