100th birthday for Emily

Emily Whelan 100th birthday
Emily Whelan 100th birthday

A lot has changed since Eastwood woman Emily Whelan was born in a house on Church Street 100 years ago.

Mrs Whelan, who turned 100 this week, celebrated with friends and family at a party in Ilkeston.

Her son Hector said: “It’s a wonderful milestone for mum to get to. She does very well.

“We’d arranged the party to celebrate with her and she was thrilled to get a telegram from the Queen, she was delighted with it.

“I had to pick her up from the hospital to come to the party because she’s recently fallen and broken her hip, but she was in good spirits and enjoyed seeing everyone.

“She had a great time and did really well considering she’s not been well. We were just glad that she could make it and that she got to see everyone.”

The deputy mayor of Eastwood, Cllr Ken Kenny, paid a visit to the party, held at Gladstone Lodge, and presented Mrs Whelan with a bouquet of flowers to mark the special occasion.

Hector said: “She’s seen so much change through the years, I can’t imagine.

“To think she was born in her Eastwood house and has never left the town she will have seen huge changes, not only to the local area but to the way things are in general.”

Mrs Whelan has been a widow since 1966 when her husband, also named Hector, died.

She has lived independently in Eastwood until her recent fall.

She had three children, James, 74, Kathleen, who died two years ago, and Hector, 70.

Family has played a massive part in Emily’s life with her welcoming seven grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and one great great grandson into the world.