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TWO Silhillians reached their landmark 100th birthday in recent weeks.

TWO Silhillians reached their landmark 100th birthday in recent weeks.

SHE may have turned 100 this week, but Lucy Stevens still finds time to do a bit of knitting for charity.

The pensioner, who lives in Olton, celebrated her century on Wednesday and likes to keep busy.

When she’s not got her needles on the go, Lucy is involved with the local United Reformed Church and regularly goes on coach trips.

Born in Edwardian Scotland, Lucy’s family moved to the Midlands in the middle of the Great War.

During the Second World War, she worked as an Ambulance Service volunteer, before moving to Somerset in 1947.

Eleven years ago she returned to the region and has been living with nephew Leonard Bowden.

He described his aunt as: “a quite amazing, young lady who always has and still does live a very full life and has always been mindful of the needs of others.”

A party was held on Wednesday - attended by the Mayor of Solihull - and scores of cards have arrived at the family home.

But what does Lucy think is the secret to a long, happy life?

“It’s about having good food and keeping your mind occupied - that’s all.”

RADIO WM’s Bob Brolly was among the special guests at Lily Sherwin’s birthday party.

A big celebration was held at the Westley Arms Hotel, Acocks Green last week. The kind-hearted pensioner had said she didn’t want any presents and asked friends and relatives to make donations to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Altogether the party-goers raised a staggering £372 for charity.

Steve Dourass , Macmillan fund raising manager, said : “Lily is an amazing lady and what a wonderful gesture to raise money to help people living with cancer on such a day of celebration – the money raised will help us make a real difference, thank you to Lily and all her family and friends”



Cathrina Hulse
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