An Amazing Life Ends; Family and Friends Bid Farewell to Lily at Age of 108

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Byline: ALASTAIR CRAIG

IN THE month she was born, the Wright brothers were flying the world's first airplane and women began their fight for the vote.

Lily Thompson had amassed memories from well over a century before she died, aged an incredible 108.

She was one of Tyneside's oldest citizens and her family said her "happiness" and "sense of humour" gave her the will to live for so long.

Lily died at Windsor Nursing Home, in Hebburn, South Tyneside, on December 13 after a life which witnessed the two world wars and some of science's greatest achievements.

The mother-of-two died on her wedding anniversary, 34 years after her husband, John.

Born in Felling, Gateshead, in 1903, the great-great grandmother could remember famous speeches made by Winston Churchill and the world's first radio broadcast.

Lily attended the school in High Lanes, Felling, Gateshead, which is still the site of Heworth Grange Comprehensive.

And she was a teenager when the first popular motor car, the Model T Ford, changed personal transport forever.

Lily was a soldier's wife, worrying at home as her Northumberland Fusilier husband helped take on the Nazis in the Second World War.

Lily's son George, 75, from Hebburn, said his mother was an inspiration to the family. …

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