December 19 2013 Latest news:
Story by: ANDREW PAPWORTH
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
A LAND worker who toiled on Fenland farms until old age has celebrated her 104th birthday.
Annie Ellinor was born on August 21 1908, when Herbert Asquith had just taken over as Prime Minister and television - let alone the internet - was barely a distant dream.
Moving to Wisbech when she was just a child and being schooled in the town. Mrs Ellinor went on to spend the next 10 decades there, marrying husband Louis and working on farms across Fenland well into her 70s.
Even today the great-grandmother makes weekly trips to bingo while living in sheltered accommodation in Onyx Court and is described by members of her family as “lively” and “always happy”.
Youngest son Ronald, 80, said: “She would say that the secret to a long and happy life is hard work.
“She has worked hard all her life and enjoys a great social life.”
Mrs Ellinor was joined by friends and family to celebrate the big occasion - and of course enjoyed a tasty slice of fruitcake.
She had four children, one of whom died in infancy. Annie was widowed in 1976.