Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ushering in Her 105th; FORMER CINEMA GIRL CELEBRATES HER: BIRTHDAY WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ushering in Her 105th; FORMER CINEMA GIRL CELEBRATES HER: BIRTHDAY WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

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Byline: KATIE DAVIES

CELEBRATING her 105 birthday, Winifred Dawson is on course to outlive the cinema where she was an usherette.

Mrs Dawson, of Fawdon, Newcastle, was one of the first usherettes to work in the Odeon cinema, in Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, which is set to be demolished.

Starting in 1935, Mrs Dawson was required to "look pretty" while showing people to their seats and collecting tickets in the former Paramount cinema.

She faced stiff competition for the job, with another 200 applicants going for it. But with her charm and good looks she was selected for the position.

Mrs Dawson said: "There were only six of us picked for the job. I had long blond hair down past my behind and I suspect that's why I got it.

"We would go into the cinema at 11am, half-anhour before our shift, to get our hair and make-up done. There was a woman employed by the cinema to do it for us free of charge. Our uniforms were also given to us for nothing. …

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