A century of stories from Sylvia

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SYLVIA Keech has seen the world change, lived through two world wars, lost two husbands and is still here to tell the tale.

She celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday and her family were at The Chestnuts, on Norwich Road, Wisbech, to share it with her.

Sylvia Wren was born in Hatfield Hyde, Hertfordshire, on March 7, 1911, one of nine children.

After moving to Stowmarket with the family she worked for, she met David Wilden, but the couple were only married for three months before he was killed.

After returning to Hatfield Hyde, now Welwyn Garden City, Sylvia married William Keech, a childhood friend.

The couple were had two children, Linda and Charles, but William sadly died after just 14 years of marriage.

Sylvia moved to Fenland seven years ago, after Linda and her family moved to the area. She lived with them before relocating to The Chestnuts four years ago.

Now Sylvia is a proud grandmother and great-grandmother, with five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She enjoys telling stories from her childhood and about how different things are now.

Sylvia celebrated her milestone birthday with a family get-together and entertainment at The Chestnuts.

Linda said she was very proud to receive her telegram from the Queen and had been looking forward to it.