Special party for Muriel's 106th birthday

A special party was held to celebrate a 106th birthday.

Tuesday, 28th June 2016, 8:55 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th June 2016, 9:58 am
Muriel Gardner is celebrating her 106th birthday. Picture by Jane Coltman

Family and friends gathered at St Anne’s care home, in Whitley Bay, to celebrate Muriel Gardner’s big day.

Muriel was in Liverpool in 1910 and went on to live a very colourful life.

She worked for the Ministry of Labour in London where she interviewed royalty and famous film stars, several years later becoming involved with the UNRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation) an organisation founded in 1943 to give aid to liberated areas during the Second World War.

After training in France, Muriel helped liberate the Hanau concentration camp in Germany.

Muriel married Alan Thomas Gardner in 1968 who sadly passed away in 1996.

Muriel has always been a very active lady playing bridge, tennis, snooker and bowls well in to her 90s, and she enjoys reading her daily newspaper over a cup of coffee.

Family members from all over the world, including from Australia, took part in the birthday celebrations.

On the day Muriel enjoy a birthday tea party at St Anne’s with some friends who visit Muriel regularly.

A spokesperson for the care home said: “Muriel has lived at St Anne’s for ten years now and continues to be happy.”