A former Morpeth sportswoman has scored a century – in birthdays that is.
Meredith Cowans celebrated the landmark with friends and family on Monday.
We keep telling her how special she is, but she is very modest.David Cowans
And of course, there was a message from the Queen and a visit from Morpeth Mayor Nic Best to boot.
Mrs Cowans, nee Evans, was born in Chesterfield during the First World War — her father, a surgeon, and mother, a matron, working in service in Chesterfield Hospital.
After leaving school, she studied physiotherapy and PE at college, and after securing a teaching job at Bedlington Grammar School, she began her life in Northumberland, for the most part living in Bedlington.
She met her husband Bill when he took a shortcut to work as a Chief Environmental Health Officer through the school grounds, and the pair married in Chesterfield on New Year’s Eve in 1939.
Shortly after, Mr Cowans joined the RAF and served in India during the Second World War, returning to his council job after the conflict.
The couple had three sons, and Mrs Cowans carried on teaching physiotherapy at Bedlington until 1947.
She led the school hockey teams, and was a member of Morpeth Ladies Hockey team, trying out for the county. She also loved tennis and swimming, and was a keen golf player.
Her son David said: “My mother has been a sportswoman all her life, and she loved golf. She didn’t hang up her clubs until she was 90.
“In her time she scored a hole in one at Morpeth, and Bedlington as well. She was incredibly accurate.
“Perhaps her sporting ability is the secret to a long life, although she doesn’t realise what a landmark it is. We keep telling her how special she is, but she is very modest.”
Mrs Cowans moved to Foxton Court residential home in Morpeth five years ago, where she celebrated her birthday with a small gathering.
She has five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.