Crew Wishes Woman Happy 100th Birthday
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
A woman whose late husband was a Liverpool firefighter received an extra special surprise for her 100th birthday when a fire crew turned up to her party.
Marion Matthews, who was born and still lives in Liverpool, was celebrating her birthday at the Isla Gladstone Conservatory in Stanley Park, Anfield, when a fire appliance arrived.
The fire crew presented Marion with a bouquet and wished her a happy birthday.
Marion's late husband Thomas, who died in 1988, had served as a firefighter in Liverpool for 25 years before retiring in 1965.
He first joined the Auxiliary Fire Service in 1939 during World War II. He went on to join the National Fire Service in 1942 and later transferred to the Liverpool Brigade.
After retiring as a firefighter he returned to the Service as a hydrant tester at Derby Lane where he worked until the mid-1970s.
Around 80 guests were helping Marion to celebrate her birthday when firefighters turned up.
Guests included her son Tommy and daughters Linda Lander, Violet Bancroft and Susan Roper along with her eight grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
They also had the opportunity to have a look around the fire appliance.
Susan said: "It was absolutely fantastic. The firefighters were so nice. It brought my dad into the celebration which was lovely.
"My mum had a lovely day. It was just brilliant."
Also among the guests was the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, councillor Erica Kemp.
Instead of presents Marion asked for donations to be made to Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, raising £715.
Marion also donated money to The Fire Fighters Charity and the Lord Mayor's Charity Appeal.
Photo shows Marion Matthews with Watch Manager Paul Moss on her 100th birthday.