Life-long Reds fan from Ellesmere Port celebrates 100th birthday with her family

Reporter:

Matt Warner

A FAMILY came together to celebrate the 100th birthday of its oldest member.

Great-great-grandmother Ann Muirhead, who was born Ann Thompson on July 17, 1917, celebrated the landmark birthday with her family, including her two surviving siblings Minnie and Lily, aged 94 and 90 respectively.

Ann was the second eldest of 15 children, growing up in Kirkdale, Liverpool, where she met and married John Muirhead – known as Jock – on June 4, 1938.

They had three children, a daughter Jean and two sons Robert and Ronald, and the whole family moved to Ellesmere Port in January 1960 where Jock worked at Bowaters as a welder before he died in 1979.

Ann now lives at Whetstone Hey care home in Ellesmere Port.

The birthday celebrations started at the home on Thursday when the lifelong fan of Liverpool FC fan received a visit from legendary former player Ian Callaghan, the club’s record appearance holder and a member of England’s 1966 World Cup squad.

He presented her with a signed football shirt and an autographed copy of his book.

Ann’s 100th birthday was celebrated at son Ron’s house on Sunday when her two surviving sisters, three children, two daughters-in-law, six grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild attended along with numerous other family, friends and neighbours to wish her a happy birthday.

Her actual birthday on Monday was spent celebrating in the care home with the other residents and family visitors where she received a card from the Queen.

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