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Martha McIlhatton celebrates a century after two wars

CELEBRATING a century, that's Martha McIlhatton who was a young girl of four when the beleaguered Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in 1912 and has lived through two world wars.

CELEBRATING a century, that's Martha McIlhatton who was a young girl of four when the beleaguered Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in 1912 and has lived through two world wars.

Born in the same month and year as Lyndon Johnson, President of the United States, the centenarian enjoyed her special day on July 30 surrounded by her family as well as the staff and residents of Jubilee Gardens Care Centre in Castle Bromwich, where she has been resident for the last five years.

Born in Banbridge, Co Down, Martha's working life began at 12 years old at Hays Spinning Mill in the town where she worked alternate days alongside her mother as well as still attending the local school.

Married with three children, she moved from the Emerald Isle to Small Heath in 1944 where she worked at the Hercules bicycle factory before settling in Castle Bromwich.

Martha also received the obligatory telegram from the Queen.

 

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