Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Keep Active -That's Ethel's Secret to to Reaching 00 Years 1

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Keep Active -That's Ethel's Secret to to Reaching 00 Years 1

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Byline: EMMA GREENHALGH

A CENTENARIAN says the secret of her long life is "keeping active" -but admits she likes a sit down nowadays.

Bubbly Ethel Brown, known affectionately as Doll, turned 100 this week and was delighted to receive a card not only from the Queen but also Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith.

Ethel celebrated the landmark birthday with tea and cake at Acklam Court sheltered housing complex, on Acklam Road, Middlesbrough in the afternoon before being whisked off for a meal with 18 of her nearest and dearest at The Station Hotel in Picton.

Ethel, whose maiden name is Price, is originally from Liverpool and has outlived her three older brothers, Sid, Stan and Tom.

She married Reg Brown when she was 23 and worked in the War Office during the Second World War, where she recorded the deaths of soldiers.

Ethel and Reg, who owned an ironmongers store, moved to Darlington in the 1970s to be close to their son Stuart Brown, who lives in Linthorpe and is assistant headteacher of Northfield School and Sports College in Billingham. …

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