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Melling resident Mary celebrates milestone 100th birthday

Sefton has welcomed a centenarian among its ranks today, as Melling resident Mary Burgess celebrated her 100th birthday.

Molyneux ward councillor, Marion Atkinson, who is also Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, visited Mary at home today with fellow ward councillor Paula Murphy to deliver a package of birthday gifts and cards, acknowledging the very special occasion.

Born in Liverpool on 15th December 1920, Mary has lived in Melling for more than 30 years. She has five children, 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

In her 90s she overcame breast cancer and is still an active member of two local pensioners clubs. Mary is known to be the first to hit the dancefloor when it comes to Christmas parties with her friends.

Cllr Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Mary is a fantastic member of the local community and always first in line for bingo tickets when she attends my monthly health and wellbeing classes.

“Sadly, many Christmas events will not take place this year so Mary’s dancing shoes are gathering a little bit of dust for the time being, and her 100th birthday celebrations have had to be scaled back as well.

“It was just brilliant to celebrate in a small way with Mary today and I hope that our birthday delivery has gone some way to making her feel special as she marks this incredible milestone.”

100 year old Mary with birthday balloons and birthday visitors
Mary with her great granddaughter Liz in centre. L-R at back, Joanne Moore from Health & Wellbeing Club, Cllr Murphy and Cllr Atkinson