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Football fan and great-great-grandmother Iris celebrates 100th birthday

PUBLISHED: 17:20 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:04 25 January 2018

Iris Emmerson has celebrated her 100th birthday. 
Picture: Nick Butcher.

Iris Emmerson has celebrated her 100th birthday. Picture: Nick Butcher.

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Five generations of one family gathered to mark the 100th birthday of Oulton Broad resident Iris Emmerson.

Iris Emmerson has elebrated her 100th birthday .
Picture: Nick Butcher.Iris Emmerson has elebrated her 100th birthday . Picture: Nick Butcher.

The great-great-grandmother was born in Teddington, Middlesex, on January 13, 1918, and spent most of her life in north London apart from a brief spell during the Second World War when she was evacuated with her husband and son Norman to Newcastle.

While there, Mrs Emmerson became pregnant with her second daughter, Eunice, and travelled back to stay with family in London when she was born. She later gave birth to her third daughter, Lily, in Newcastle, before moving back to London with her family in the early 1950s.

As a child she was a member of a London dance group called the Corona Babes, something her family say she is very proud of.

Her daughter Lily Tarbox said: “She travelled the country with them and she would have liked to have a career in dancing but her dad said it wasn’t a good occupation for a lady and made her give it up when she was 14. She was a very good dancer at the time.”

Five generations of family pictured at Iris Emmerson's 100th birthday party. Pictured centre is Iris with her daughter Eunice Garner (back), granddaughter Sharon Tivey (left), great-granddaughter Danielle Low (right and great-great-granddaughter Poppy Tivey (front). Picture: Lily Tarbox.Five generations of family pictured at Iris Emmerson's 100th birthday party. Pictured centre is Iris with her daughter Eunice Garner (back), granddaughter Sharon Tivey (left), great-granddaughter Danielle Low (right and great-great-granddaughter Poppy Tivey (front). Picture: Lily Tarbox.

Mrs Emmerson was one of nine children and has one surviving brother who lives in Yorkshire.

She moved to Lowestoft in 1992 to live with her daughter and husband, and in October last year moved into Broadlands Residential Home in Oulton Broad.

She has five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs Tarbox said her mother’s favourite hobbies were bingo and watching football.

She said: “When we moved here she signed up to what used to be Hippodrome Bingo in Lowestoft and she used to go a couple of times a week.

“She also loves watching sport. Her brothers supported Brentford and they used to take her to matches and she still likes to keep up with how they are doing.”

Mrs Emmerson marked the milestone with a party at Broadlands joined by 20 members of family.

Mrs Tarbox added: “A story mum always likes to tell is that the day she was born the midwife apparently took one look at her and said she’s not going to survive so left her and took care of her mother instead. When she went back to her mum was still laying there and now she’s still here 100 years later.

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