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Meet the birthday girls.

Byline: Evening Gazette

Two special birthday girls have loads to celebrate this weekend.

Both Olive Robson and Hilda Ackroyd reached their 100th birthday this week, and are marking the occasion in style with family and friends.

Mrs Robson, who is 100 today, was born and bred in Wolviston. She only moved from her home to Billingham's South View Nursing Home last July.

She said: "I was born in Wolviston, married there and spent all my live there. I loved it there and will always live there in my heart."

Mrs Robson, who was married to the late Jack Robson, was known for playing the organ in schools and churches throughout the area. She also enjoyed travelling and spending time with friends.

She said: "I have always been very independent and had nice friends around me. I am surprised I have got to this age but I am looking forward to my party today with all my relatives, friends and residents."

Meanwhile, Mrs Ackroyd marked her birthday yesterday at a party with her son Derek, her two grandchildren, two great grandchildren and fellow residents from Oakwood Court in Marton.

Middlesbrough born and bred, Mrs Ackroyd spent the first years of her life at the family home in Park Lane, Middlesbrough. She apprenticed at Jessie's Gowns in Albert Road, Middlesbrough and stayed with the shop for many years.

On marrying her husband, Harold Ackroyd, the couple moved to Highfield Road, Middlesbrough, before spending their last years together in Great Broughton, North Yorkshire.

Mrs Ackroyd became a housewife after giving birth to her son, Derek, who went on to work for the family business, a garage named J Ackroyd and Son in Douglas Street, Middlesbrough.

The garage was started by Harold's father and is now run by Derek, who said of his mum: "She's absolutely lovely. Everybody loves her."
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 20, 2004
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