Balderton Lady Celebrates 100th Birthday With Special Queen Card
Sprightly Nanny Seaside celebrated her 100th birthday with her favorite pie and mash dinner.
It was a day of surprises for Eileen Brown, who only recently started walking using a stick – and only sometimes.
The Browns are all originally from the South to the South, but Eileen now lives with her only son, Alan, and stepdaughter, Avril, who has moved to Balderton.
Eileen’s name is Nanny Seaside because for a while she lived in Clacton-on-Sea and the grandchildren needed a way to keep their grandmothers apart.
Eileen, who received a card from the Queen, which was framed, said: “It was a beautiful day. When I got up the house was decorated and all the neighbors had come to their door to wish me a happy birthday.
“We had a nice long lunch and a big birthday cake.”
There were other surprises in store, including the unveiling of a newly stuffed family rocking horse that Eileen had bought for Alan as a gift when he was a child in the war and gifts, and money, were scarce. .
It has since passed down the generations that have all played on it.
“We made it seem like a surprise to Nanny Seaside and the grandchildren and their partners were here to share with her,” Avril said.
Eileen got married at age 21, in a fully borrowed outfit, to George who was called up shortly and served with the REME.
They continued to live in Leyton after the war ended, and George, who died 11 years ago, spent his working life at the co-op, which sent Eileen a 100th birthday card.
Angel number 21 isn’t just the age she got married, or the year she turned 100, it seemed to have extra meaning when it came to her birthday, the hydrangea bush, which George had bought for the house on Rowan Way which she left after her death but took with her to her son’s house, had 21 flowers.
Edith, who built cells during the war, attributes her finesse to the knitting she loves and still sends blankets to Battersea Dogs Home and nursing homes; reading the nine library books she checks every week, her puzzles and crossword puzzles and she’s a genius at answering questions correctly on Tipping Point and The Chase TV shows.
She is Alan’s mother, Jackie and Tony’s grandmother, and has five great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.