Gateshead Cricket Club volunteer and loyal Journal reader reaches her century in style

Ann Tarn, from Low Fell, marked her hundredth birthday with her family, friends and the Mayor and Mayoress of Gateshead

Ann Tarn, who is a Journal reader, celebrated her 100th birthday
Ann Tarn, who is a Journal reader, celebrated her 100th birthday

A former cricket club volunteer has reached her century.

Ann Tarn turned 100 last week and was visited by the Mayor and Mayoress of Gateshead as she celebrated with family and friends.

Mrs Tarn was born on April 24 1915 in Gateshead and has two brothers and sisters. She has lived in Low Fell all of her life - and has been a life-long reader of the Journal.

She met her husband Thomas in 1940 while on Durham Road and they went on to marry in 1941 in Sheriff Hill.

The couple had a son, Harry, in 1945, and Mrs Tarn now has two grandchildren, Rachel and Anna, and three great grandchildren, Tom, Harry and Alexander.

Ann Tarn with her son Harry, his wife Renee and granddaughter Anna and great grandsons Harry and Alexander
Ann Tarn with her son Harry, his wife Renee and granddaughter Anna and great grandsons Harry and Alexander

A long-time volunteer at Gateshead Fell Cricket Club, Mrs Tarn celebrated her big day with all of her family, followed by a party at Springfield House, in Low Fell, April 28, which included special guests the Mayor and Mayoress of Gateshead, Neil and Hazel Weatherley.

Mrs Tarn said: “The secret to living a long and healthy life is eating good food, especially ham sandwiches, having a wonderful husband to look after me, followed by a very good son.”

“It’s also down to drinking lots of tea!

“I am so happy to reach 100, I had a fantastic party with my family at Jesmond Dene House on Sunday and then was fortunate enough to celebrate all over again with my family and friends at Springfield House; it has been a very special time for me.”

Ann Tarn with the Mayor and Mayoress of Gateshead, Neil and Hazel Weatherley
Ann Tarn with the Mayor and Mayoress of Gateshead, Neil and Hazel Weatherley

Mrs Tarn, who has read the Journal for more than 60 years, added: “It is all local news. I read it from front to back and I used to collect it on the way to work daily.”

Suzanne Hughes, care home manager at Springfield House, said: “It was an honour to spend such a special day with Ann and her family.

“We love to have a party at Springfield House and this was the perfect way for all of her friends at the home to raise a glass to her.”

“Ann has read the Journal for over 60 years and we have it specially delivered to the home every day.”

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