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‘Be kind’ message from town’s new centenarian

A Biddulph woman emphasised the importance of kindness to others as she celebrated turning 100 with family, friends and neighbours last weekend.

Eveline Machin, of Potters End, was also joined by town mayor Coun John Jones and the town crier John Robinson to mark her special milestone last Sunday.

When asked about her thoughts on reaching a century, she said: “I have always tried to lead an honourable life and be kind to people.”

Mrs Machin was born in 1921, the daughter of Martha and John Plant, and she spent a happy childhood growing up with her three older sisters – Annie, Beatrice and Dorothy, and younger brother Albert Joe in Well Street, Biddulph.

She mainly worked in the textile mills in Congleton before marrying John William (Bill) Machin in June 1948. They were married for 42 years before his death in 1990.

They lived in Kingsfield Road, although most of their married life was spent in Craigside.

After providing a loving family home, Mrs Machin later took up employment as a caretaker in the Labour Exchange, then situated in Craigside.

She now lives with her daughter, Susan Harper, who said that throughout her life, Mrs Machin had always displayed a “sharp sense of humour” and “joyful optimism”. She enjoys listening to music, particularly to opera singer Russell Watson, and is keen on completing crosswords with friends and family.

Mrs Harper, (66), said: “My mum was overwhelmed by the many people who came along to toast her continued good health and celebrate this milestone achievement.
“She enjoyed the day and the weather was kind, it held out just enough for everybody to celebrate.

“I am really so very blessed to have my mum and I am so happy that we are living all together. We got a card from the Queen and it has pride of place!

“My mum was so very pleased to receive the many cards, gifts and beautiful bouquets. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to everyone, who in their various ways, made her special day so memorable.”

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