Lyme resident Jeanne celebrates 100th birthday

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Jeanne Allen with her granddaughters Rachel and Michelle at her 100th birthday lunch in Beer

LYME Regis resident Jeanne Allen recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

Born Jeanne Ewins in Aston, Birmingham, she went to school in Solihull and then on to college and trained to be a shorthand typist.

Jeanne married Edward Allen when she was 28 and they lived in Solihull before buying a shop in Bridport and moving there, eventually coming to Lyme Regis in 1975.

At 100 years old Jeanne is fit and well and is said to always be looking out for her neighbours and doing things for others.

She enjoyed a family meal with her son David, daughter in law and granddaughters for her birthday, but was also showered with gifts and flowers from the local community, largely organised by Cheryl Reynolds and Ali McLoughlin of Lyme Regis Community Support Group, which has been helping residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

Local traders donated gifts for a hamper and the Lyme Garden Growers gave her a specially-made planter filled with flowers.

Jeanne received more than 70 birthday cards, including a special card from the Queen, and was surprised on Saturday morning with a socially-distanced gathering outside her home, where friends presented her with more flowers and sang ‘Happy Birthday’.

Those attending included town councillors Cheryl Reynolds, Michaela Ellis and Belinda Bawden, who have all been volunteering for the community support group, as well as fellow volunteer Andrew Kingston, Paddy Howe from the Lyme Garden Growers and Joanne Ellis from Lyme Regis Medical Centre.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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