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First angel of nursing honoured.

Byline: Karen Rockett

FORMER nurse Ethel Armstrong who started working for the NHS on the day it launched has been awarded an MBE aged 87.

Proud New Year Honours winner Ethel still volunteers for two charities that help current and retired NHS staff.

"I've been working in the NHS since it was born in 1948," she said. "I'm the only person in the country who has done continuous service since then."

She added: "I still work hard for two charities that support the NHS for free... supporting people at the sharp end, not the people in the offices at the top."

The widow was born in Durham and returned to the area after retiring.

But even Ethel thinks her time in the health service is almost at an end.

"Our NHS turns 70 next year, which will also be my 70th anniversary. It'll probably be time to retire for good then," she said.

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Dec 31, 2017
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