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Friday, 28 November 2014

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West Cumbria woman Harriet turns 100

Harriet Marsh celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday with her “babies” by her side.

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FAMILY CELEBRATION: Harriet Marsh, 100, with son Ben Marsh, left, and brother Joseph Messenger, right, at the Dales Care Home in Maryport

Harriet, known as Hettie to her family, is from Workington but is now in the Dales home in Maryport along with her son Ben, who is 75.

“He is my baby,” Hettie explained on Monday as Ben sat by her side surrounded by friends and family.

“And he is my baby brother,” she added, turning to 92-year-old Joseph Messenger.

“I used to stick up for him when he was little. If anyone hit him, I hit them!”

Ben said: “She still thinks of me as her baby but now I baby her, too.”

Hettie was born at Workington’s Marsh and Quay.

She worked as a cleaner until she married William, a steel worker. They had two sons and a daughter.

Hettie lived in Row Terrace, Cusack Street and latterly Minster Close in Workington.

Family and friends threw a surprise birthday party for her which was organised by a former neighbour, Albert Murphy.

Hettie was delighted with the party which was shared with staff at the Dales. She also got to open a telegram from the Queen.

And the secret of a long life? She said: “I never smoked or drank. I couldn’t afford to!”

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