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Family get together to celebrate Wisbech woman's 100th birthday

Joan Kierman (nee Webb) celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at The Rose and Crown Hotel Wisbech.

Joan was born in Leverington and most of her siblings lived in this area. She is the youngest of three girls and was educated by a Miss Pearce at a small private school in Wisbech.

After leaving school she stayed at home to help her mother with the household chores.

Joan Kierman celebrated her 100th birthday on September 8. (16449414)
Joan Kierman celebrated her 100th birthday on September 8. (16449414)

During the Second World War years, she spent time in the RAF as a cook and was stationed in Hereford and Elstree.

She met her husband Bertie whilst swimming in the River Nene near her home, he living on one side and she the other. They were married when Bert was on leave from the army in 1943.

After the war he became the manager of Bullen’s outfitters in Norfolk Street where they lived and brought up their sons. He died in 1994 so had 51 happy married years together.

Joan and Bert have two sons, Michael and Paul, with three grandchildren and three great grand children.

Her father, Walter, was the manager of Hickman’s fruit farms. He played cricket for the Wisbech and District League and eventually became an umpire. Joan's mother Lillian( nee Rowe) also lived to 102 so longevity runs in the family. All her six brothers were also employed by Hickmans in various positions over the years.

She has one surviving brother who still lives in Leverington. Her two sisters have also passed away.

She loved knitting and there was always a constant supply of sweaters for the family, she was still knitting until a few years ago but is unable to do so now because of an eye condition. Also she and her friend Rose (who has now passed) loved going to the Wisbech park listening to the Brass bands and exploring all the old passages and alleyways in Wisbech they knew in their youth.

Joan is now 'a lady who lunches' with her good friend Sue and whilst at home, listens to the radio, her favourite CDs and her talking books.

On her behalf, Michael and Paul, would like to thank everyone for their best wishes, cards, flowers and gifts, especially the one she received from the Queen.

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