A WOMAN who is 100 years old and has 89 nieces has revealed her secrets to a long and happy life.
Jo Allan, recently celebrated her 100th birthday and over the years she has had 12 children, 37 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, who helped Jo celebrate her landmark birthday and pay tribute to her cause. her war service.
Jo, from Middlesbrough Teesside, was asked what her secret is to a long and happy life, to which she said: “There’s really no secret, but I think it’s important to have one. Have a good mind and try not to worry.”
Jo was one of the oldest inhabitants of Great Britain, and was a thousand female workers who worked in weapons factories during the war.
Her job, based in Aycliffe in County Durham, was to test for bullets that had failed during the war.
At a family gathering on her 100th birthday, Jo received a special surprise from the mayor of Middlesbrough, Andy Preston, who presented a surprise presentation on behalf of the council.
Jo was presented with a certificate and brooch that officially recognized her as an Aycliffe Angel and thanked her for her contribution in winning the war.
Mr Preston said: “These women have been completely underrepresented and unrecognized for too long but this is being put in place now because we should tell the story of the efforts that people like Jo have put in place. made to support the brave soldiers who are fighting.
“I’m sure that the incredible work Jo and others have done has saved many lives.
“It is time to acknowledge the efforts of all the Aycliffe Angels in the war that helped change the course of European history for the better.”
Jo had planned to celebrate 100 years with the whole family but had to cancel due to Covid concerns, but Jo still had a very special day.
She received a happy birthday card from the Queen as well as cards and video messages from family members from as far away as Canada, the United States and Australia.
Mother of 12, Jo, was married to husband Dave for 61 years before he died aged 82 in 2005.
The young couple includes eight daughters – Pauline, Joan, Judith, Barbara, Mary, Catherine, Susan and Steph along with sons, Doug, Bernard, Gerard and Dave.
Her oldest child is now 77 years old, and the youngest is only 5 months old.
Instead of a birthday present, Jo asked friends and family to donate to our Hospital Charity for the Stroke Unit at James Cook University Hospital, where Dave was cared for before his death.
A total of £1,500 has been raised so far and despite her health condition threatened two years ago, Jo is healthy at her care home in Linthorpe, on the outskirts of town.
The only time she lived far from the Northeast was during the war when Dave worked as a wireless operator and aerial gunner in RAF Valley.
The recently married couple lived in Anglesey, Wales before having a brief stint in Hereford when the war ended.
The eldest, Pauline said: “I have always been the most loving, interesting and energetic mother, always accompanying, putting my children first and myself last.
“My earliest memory of her is 1947 when I came home from a walk and found her in the kitchen with her hands and arms covered in red.
“I was so scared but it turned out she was killing someone’s old curtain for our new home.”
The eldest son Doug paid tribute to his mother and said: “She not only had 12 children but then went back to working full time until she retired at the age of 65.
“Her favorite joke is that she knows what she’s doing when she’s had so many children – making sure she has adequate caregivers when she grows up.
“And she often complains that Covid is preventing her from going on vacation, which is unfair because she may not have many years left!”
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