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Josie celebrates 102 years

Updated: 9:40 am, May 07, 2015

A WOMAN who was born before Britain entered into the First World War has marked her 102nd birthday.

Josie Slade, born Dorita Josephine Hughes in 1913, celebrated the milestone at Bowood Court Care Home on Wednesday (April 2).

One of three girls and seven boys, the former Royal Enfield worker lived in Feckenham after moving from Birmingham.

Her family owned a farm near the village, while Mrs Slade also spent many fond years working for Barretts of Feckenham.

She married her late husband Norman Frank Slade in July 1938 and he too worked at the Royal Enfield.

The duo went on to have one son, Douglas, who was a former cricketer for Worcestershire and was chosen in a Commonwealth XI to tour Pakistan.

The centenarian used to cycle to work each day and enjoyed travelling with her two sisters Phyllis and Mary

She has three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Josie and Norman Slade on their wedding day.

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