Smiling is the key

PUBLISHED: 19:00 23 October 2010

Laura Black who is celebrating her 100th birthday,  Rodney House residential home Trewartha Park weston

Laura Black who is celebrating her 100th birthday, Rodney House residential home Trewartha Park weston

Archant

A WESTON woman who celebrated her 100th birthday puts her long life down to 'smiling and a hot cup of tea'.

Laura Black was born on October 9 in Dipton, county Durham.

One of three children, she married the love of her life, Clarence, when only a young woman.

She and her husband moved to Weston and quickly became well-known for their second-hand china and furniture shop on Locking Road.

The shop was easily identified by their poodle Corrie - so named because Laura and Clarrie first got him in the year of the Coronation - as he would sit perfectly still amongst the china and bric-a-brac in the window and give customers a shock when he finally moved.

Laura and Clarrie moved to Brighton and owned a successful business in The Lanes, famous for its antique shops.

However, the lure of Weston was too great and they returned to Park Place upon retirement and she has spent the last 10 years living at Rodney House Retirement Home.

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