Minnie (100) celebrates the ton-up with family and pals

Minnie Wilson celebrates her 100th birthday  in Abingdon Manor Care pictured with her son and daughter, Allan and Margaret and friend Lydia McRoberts (right) Minnie Wilson celebrates her 100th birthday in Abingdon Manor Care pictured with her son and daughter, Allan and Margaret and friend Lydia McRoberts (right)
By Conor McParland

A NORTH Belfast care home is celebrating having their first-ever 100-year-old resident.
Minnie Wilson, who resides in Abingdon Manor on the Crumlin Road, reached the milestone on October 6 and was joined by family and friends at a party.
Originally from Sheridan Street in the New Lodge area, Minnie comes from a family of eight children and has lived across North Belfast including Alliance Parade and Cavehill Road.
She started work when she was just 14 years old in an egg factory before working at the Proper Food Products Company in Havana Street in the 1950s.
Most of her working days were spent at the NSPCC before she retired in 1979. Minnie married Allan Wilson on February 22, 1938 and they went on to have four children: three boys and a girl.
Her hobbies include baking, knitting, reading, dressmaking and family holidays to Carnlough and Blackpool.
Minnie became widowed in 2005 and has resided in Abingdon Manor since 2015.
Eldest son Allan said it was a great occasion for all the family to celebrate Minnie’s milestone.
“I think she is so pleased just how many people turned up to celebrate with her,” he said. “She was especially delighted with her card from the Queen and also from Irish President Michael D Higgins. A tear was in her eye when I read it out to her.
“I don’t know what her secret to longevity is. I suppose she is quiet and very relaxed. It’s been great seeing her get this far. I’m coming 79 years old and I’m still running about the place. I don’t know if I would like to live to that age or not the way the world is going!”
Abingdon Manor manager, Julie McGlinchey added: “We are all delighted that Minnie is our first ever resident to reach the great milestone of 100 years old. “Minnie is very quick humoured and a real lovely woman. It was a fantastic celebration with all her family and friends with food, music and dancing for all the residents.”

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