Chapel celebration for Marham centurion Elsie

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Family and friends joined Elsie Collison at Marham Methodist Chapel to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Elsie, pictured above with her congratulatory card from The Queen, was born in Beachamwell and first moved to Marham as a young girl when her father, Walter Ward, took a position as a shepherd at Eastgate Farm.

She attended the village schools and also King’s Lynn High School for Girls. Elsie’s early working life was in service for a doctor in Lynn.

In 1934, she married Edward Collison and returned to live in Marham. Their five children were all born in a small cottage in Marham and when the new council houses were built in 1949 they were able to move across the road to the house where Elsie still lives today. She has 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Elsie returned to work with the local bus company until just before her 80th birthday.

She still manages to use the bus once a week to go to Lynn to do her shopping. She is also a regular member of the congregation of the Methodist Chapel in Marham.

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