Milestone 100th birthday for Packet reader

Falmouth Packet: Long-standing Packet reader Grace Lang celebrated her 100th birthday recently. Long-standing Packet reader Grace Lang celebrated her 100th birthday recently.

An avid Packet reader who has never lost touch with the town she loves has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Grace Lang, who lived in Mylor and later Falmouth for many years, now lives in Plymouth near her family but still keeps up to date with news by getting the newspaper sent up each week.

This December marked a milestone for her, as she celebrated her centenary year with a party at her daughter’s home.

Attended by 40 relatives, who came from as far as Austria and Holland, the party raised £350 for children’s hospice Little Harbour in St Austell |after Grace insisted her family donate money instead of presents.

Born on the Isle of Wight in 1912, under her maiden name Grace Violet Corke, she was one of six children.

At the age of 18 she was visited her sister Alice at her home in Mylor when she met her husband Jack, also aged 18 at the time.

They married at Flushing Church in July 1939 and moved to North Parade, where they spent the war years when Jack was in the navy.

Their daughter Maureen was born in 1940 and son Colin was born in 1944. The family later lived in Pendarvis Road, then Old Hill Crescent and on to Oakland's Park.

Grace was a member of the Women’s Institute for many years whilst Jack was one of the founding members of the Greenbank Water Gala, vice chairman and groundsman of Falmouth Town FC and a part time fireman.

Over the years Grace and Jacks family moved away, so in 1996, after 57 years in Falmouth, they relocated to Plymouth to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Sadly Jack died in 1998, aged 85.

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5:20pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

What a lovely story and lovely picture.
What a lovely story and lovely picture. Gill Zella Martin 09

1:57pm Sun 30 Dec 12

rwarwicker says...

Lovely story, but some proof reading perhaps needed by the Packet. says her and husband moved to Plymouth in 1996, yet says husband died in 1988. Says husband was born 1912/1913 as same age as her, yet was 85 in 1988.
Lovely story, but some proof reading perhaps needed by the Packet. says her and husband moved to Plymouth in 1996, yet says husband died in 1988. Says husband was born 1912/1913 as same age as her, yet was 85 in 1988. rwarwicker

6:46pm Sun 30 Dec 12

meerkats says...

rwarwicker wrote:
Lovely story, but some proof reading perhaps needed by the Packet. says her and husband moved to Plymouth in 1996, yet says husband died in 1988. Says husband was born 1912/1913 as same age as her, yet was 85 in 1988.
A lot of mistakes when you read it through, but a lovely story all the same. Mrs Lang looks wonderful in the picture and certainly doesnt look that old!! hope she had a lovely birthday.
[quote][p][bold]rwarwicker[/bold] wrote: Lovely story, but some proof reading perhaps needed by the Packet. says her and husband moved to Plymouth in 1996, yet says husband died in 1988. Says husband was born 1912/1913 as same age as her, yet was 85 in 1988.[/p][/quote]A lot of mistakes when you read it through, but a lovely story all the same. Mrs Lang looks wonderful in the picture and certainly doesnt look that old!! hope she had a lovely birthday. meerkats

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