A CARD from the Queen and family flocking from around the world were just some of the lovely presents for Marianne Richardson as she celebrated her 100th birthday.
Marianne, who lives in Grasscroft, enjoyed a meal with family at the Chadderton Bar and Grill to celebration her big occasion, as well as being showered with gifts and flowers.
She received a telegram from Her Majesty The Queen with good wishes, as well as a telegram from Parliament.
And presents from her relatives included a special blanket made up of pictures of her family – which includes two sons, two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren – as well as a ‘grandma’ cushion made especially for her.
And her grandson Neil even flew back from America for the day to celebrate with her and other family members on December 11, 2017.
That was 100 years to the day since Marianne was born in Cullercoats, which is now part of Tyneside.
At the age of 10 the family came to Oldham, and her mother opened a florist on the Coppice.
Marianne would sing in the back room, then she started singing firstly in Sunday school shows and after printing cards her popularity grew and she was asked to appear in concerts and musicals.
In the late 1930s she had a week-long solo appearance at The Gaumont accompanied by the Wurlitzer.
She was offered a place at the London School of Music, but turned it down because she had met Billy, her husband to be.
During the war, Billy was presumed dead for some months when he was serving in the Royal Marines on Prince of Wales.
After the war ended, they lived in Chadderton and then moved to Grasscroft in 1960 with their two sons, Chris and Ricky.
Marianne worked for Oldham Council and Tameside Council as a social worker before retiring, and she still lives in her own home and is cared for by her son Chris and niece Kay.