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Centenary celebration for Lydia

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 04, 2013

HAPPY DAY: Lydia Teague holds up her 100th birthday card from the Queen, with Wadebridge mayor Tony Rush.

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A WOMAN who was a sickly baby and not expected to live has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Lydia Teague was born in St Breward, the fifth of six children.

Her life expectancy was so short she was baptised immediately but her fighting spirit won through and she survived.

Lydia went to the village school, passing her 11-plus exam, but was unable to go to grammar school because her family could not afford it.

Instead she left school at 14 and worked with girls with special needs in a school in Bodmin, cycling from St Breward every day.

Lydia married Albert, a stonemason, and the couple had two boys, Brian and Alan. In 1950 Albert was diagnosed with lung and heart problems and Lydia cared for him until he passed away in 1956.

In 1962 Lydia moved to Bude to be near Brian and his family, where she became a Red Cross nurse and worked in a residential home.

She moved to Wadebridge in 1967, and was a keen Methodist, singing in the church choir. Now she is happily settled at St Breock Care Home, where she has lived since 2007.

Care manager Jeff Angove said: "Lydia has always been a very strong character and very independent, she lived on her own until well into her nineties."

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