A WOMAN who enjoyed her honeymoon cycling on a tandem has celebrated her 100th birthday.
Family and friends joined Irene Morris for her special day at Woodlands Residential Home in Reading Road South, Church Crookham, on Saturday.
Born in Brentford, Mrs Morris was the middle daughter of three.
When her market gardener father died suddenly, Irene was three years old and the family moved to live with grandparents who owned the market garden at Mogden in Isleworth.
Mrs Morris later lived in East Twickenham before she married William Morris in 1927. Both were keen cyclists and were members of the Cyclists’ Touring Club, hence the tandem honeymoon.
The couple had a daughter Eileen a year later and in 1931 they moved to Isleworth.
Mrs Morris worked in the office of the Pears Soap factory during the war, while her husband, who died in 1982, was an accountant employed by barrage balloon makers PB Cow and Co.
Mrs Morris was an active member of the Townswomen’s Guild, the League of Friends of West Middlesex Hospital and The Tuesday Club at Isleworth.
She moved to a flat in Branksomewood Road, Fleet, in 1998 to be nearer her daughter Eileen and son-in-law Ken who had moved to Hook a year earlier.
Mrs Morris moved to Woodlands in September 2001.
“She has enjoyed good health for most of her life, and even now is told she looks 20 years younger,” said her daughter.
Those who attended her birthday included grandson Neville and his wife Julie, granddaughter’s husband David and great-grandchildren Nick, Bethany, Ben and Emma.
Her granddaughter Lois could not make the special day as she is on a short-term contract with Disney, sailing on the Disney Wonder in the Caribbean working as a wardrobe technician.