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Durham grandmother celebrates 102nd birthday
12:04pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
A GRANDMOTHER who spent much of her life on a bicycle built for two has reached a special milestone.
Mabel Raine celebrated her 102nd birthday with family and friends at The Grange, in Old Quarrington, near Durham City.
Born in Bradford in 1911, the former mill girl and school dinner lady was married to her late husband Wilfred for 54 years.
He worked as a radio and TV engineer and included celebrated vet James Herriott among his customers.
But the couple’s passion was cycling and they were well known throughout the Yorkshire area for riding their tandem.
These days Mabel likes nothing better than fish and chips with her family.
She said: "I’ve always enjoyed going out for lunch, especially when it’s with my family."
Mabel celebrated her big day with her son Stephen and two grandchildren as well as friends.
A special guest to drop by to help celebrate Mabel’s memorable day was Durham County Council Chairman Coun Pauline Charlton.
She said: "Mabel is a wonderful lady and she had some wonderful tales to tell.
"It was a delight to be part of her special day."
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