Party fit for a Queen to mark 90th birthday

Muriel Haley celebrates her 90th birthday.

Muriel Haley celebrates her 90th birthday.

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An afternoon tea fit for a Queen was held to mark a 90th birthday.

Dozens of friends gathered for the surprise party to mark Muriel Haley’s special birthday.

Held in the communal lounge at The Orchard retirement apartments in North Shields, there were balloons, birthday cake, candles and flowers.

Muriel said: “I had a wonderful party, all my friends came and the staff here made sure I had a lovely day.

“As I’m the same age as the Queen we’ve grown up together and I’ve followed her life, watching her marry and have her children and grandchildren just like me.”

Muriel originally moved into The Orchard with her late husband George. They celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary and received a card from Her Majesty.

In June last year, Muriel transferred to an apartment in nearby Carlton Court while work was being carried out to modernise The Orchard complex.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I’m so pleased Muriel had a lovely birthday and enjoys living in her apartment in The Orchard. I’m immensely proud of the North Tyneside Living project and it’s absolutely brilliant to hear from residents how happy they are.”