Party time with friends for 100th birthday

Miriam Fowlie of Broadfield celebrates her 100th birthday with friends and family - staff picture

Miriam Fowlie of Broadfield celebrates her 100th birthday with friends and family - staff picture

0
Have your say

Friends and family came from far and wide on Friday (July 24) to say happy 100th birthday to Crawley’s Miriam Fowlie.

Miriam, of Buckingham Court, Broadfield, still cooks and shops for herself and until four years ago was visiting her daughter every year in Australia.

Miriam was born in Greenwich, London, the third eldest of nine children - two sisters and six brothers. She was married twice and now lives alone, but surrounded by friends.

She said: “I’ve worked hard all my life and looked after my brothers and sister. It’s made me tough a bit. I reckon I’m getting younger than older.”

Miriam moved to Crawley to work when it became a new town and first lived in Gossops Green.

She worked in a factory owned by Enoch’s and then went to work for Monograms electric blanket factory in Manor Royal.

Dot Hawkins, a friend who came to the party on Friday worked with her at Enoch’s.

She said: “She took me under her wing and looked after me and I’ve loved her ever since. She’s kind, loving, caring, wonderfully mannered beautiful lady.”

Daughter Brenda, who flew over from her home in Australia, said: “The last time she went out to Australia was at 94 and came back when she was 95.

“She wanted to spend her 95th birthday with us.”

Miriam also has two grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

2) Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/crawleyobserver

3) Follow us on Twitter @Crawley_Obby

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Crawley Observer - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.