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Enfield woman celebrates landmark
An Enfield lady can expect a special message from the Queen this week as she celebrates a milestone age.
Evelyn Brown is similar to the Queen in that she has two birthdays, but her official big day was last Sunday as she commemorated her 105th birthday.
Although she was born on August 25, 1908, Evelyn's birth was not registered in time by her father, who faced prosecution as a result. To avoid punishment, he altered the date on her birth certificate to August 31, resulting in two birthdays.
Mrs Brown, who now lives at Conifers Care home in Green Lanes, Palmers Green after living in Great Cambridge Road for most of her years, is still going strong after surviving cancer and living through both world wars.
Her son, David Brown, 73 and close friends all gathered round to celebrate the big day with balloons and a cake.
Mr Brown, who looked after his mother for many years, was delighted to see her reach the big 105.
He said: “She is absolutely marvellous, to make it to this age is a great achievement and she thoroughly deserves her special message she will be receiving.”
At the age of 40, Mrs Brown had to undergo a serious cancer operation which saved her life. However, Mr Brown recalls the moment that she received the news and her reaction.
He said: “She was told that she had to come to the War Memorial Hospital straight away but she refused to do so, because it was my first day at Edmonton County and she took me there instead. That’s just the type of person she was, selfless.”
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