Sybil’s so remarkable

Sybil Harvey and Mayor Peter Cowey.
Sybil Harvey and Mayor Peter Cowey.

PONTELAND’S oldest resident has celebrated a remarkable 104th birthday.

Sybil Harvey marked the special occasion with a birthday party with friends and staff at Ponteland Manor care home.

And Ponteland Mayor Peter Cowey and his wife Sheila popped in to present the centenarian with a bouquet of flowers and wish her many happy returns.

Mrs Harvey’s daughter Jill, who also attended the party, said: “A lot of residents came, as well as some of my friends — there must have been a couple of dozen people in the lounge, where the staff prepared a very nice tea for us.

“It was a very pleasant afternoon and my mother certainly enjoyed it.”

The great-grandmother of seven, who hails originally from West Sussex, has lived through two world wars and seen five monarchs and 20 prime ministers since she was born in 1907 in Bognor Regis.

This was the year the farm land that Darras Hall estate was built on was purchased, taxi meters were introduced and Rudyard Kipling was awarded the the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Sybil married municipal engineer George in 1935 and they celebrated their ruby wedding anniversary in 1975, a year before he died.

She moved to Ponteland in her centenary year to be near her daughter, who lives in Darras Road.

Coun Cowey said: “It was a lovely occasion and we were delighted to join Sybil to celebrate her birthday, which has become something of an annual fixture in the council diary.

“It was marvellous to see the village’s oldest resident in such fine spirits.”