Milestone 100th birthday for Packet reader
12:30pm Saturday 29th December 2012 in News
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.