Fresh from her well attended birthday party in Bocking Village Hall, 100-year-old Elaine Beagrie proudly holds up her card from the Queen to commemorate her special day last month.
Straight-talking Elaine was born in Braintree and loved it so much that she’s never left! She went to Manor School before working at the iconic Warner Sillk Mill as a “Warper”, the stage before the famous silk was weaved. She married at Braintree Registry Office in 1937 and went onto have three children and 14 grandchildren at the last count!
When her children were a bit older Elaine worked at St Michaels School, progressing from Cleaner to Supervisor. She’s now lived happily in her bungalow in Braintree for 20 years. When asked the secret of a long and happy life, she says: “Hard work and a bad temper! I’ve got no patience but I like to get things off my chest and not brood.”
Excellent advice, thanks Elaine!