FAMILY and friends of Muriel Jones gathered for her birthday on Friday (Aug 9) at Llandaff House care home in Llangennech.

It was no ordinary birthday as Muriel was celebrating her 100th birthday.

Muriel’s family join in the celebrations

Muriel was born in 1919, the year the Treaty of Versailles was signed to  bring an end to World War 1.  She also witnessed the Second World War.

Muriel’s niece Janet Jones said that Muriel was one of eight children, born in Lampeter, the daughter of a policeman who moved to Llanelli to work. She said Muriel lived on a farm and had seen an awful lot of changes in society during her lifetime.

Muriel was surrounded by family, friends, residents and staff as she sipped a glass of Prosecco. Everyone gathered and joined in in singing Happy Birthday to the first resident to celebrate their 100th birthday at the home.

Llandaff House manager Sandie D’albert with Muriel

Balloons, sandwiches, cakes and plenty of refreshments were the order of the day in what was a very special occasion for Muriel marked with a special birthday greeting from Her Majesty The Queen.

A card from Her Majesty The Queen

Events of 1919 included;

3 January – soldiers blockade Folkestone harbour in a successful protest against being returned to France.

3 April – Government agrees to begin release of imprisoned conscientious objectors.

29 May – observations made by Arthur Eddington during a solar eclipse test part of Einstein’s general theory of relativity (confirmed 6 November).

28 June – Treaty of Versailles signed, formally ending World War I.

18 July – the Cenotaph in London, as designed by Edwin Lutyens, is unveiled to commemorate the dead of World War I.

30 August – the Football League is resumed, four years after it was abandoned due to the war.

October – creation of the “Mobile Patrol Experiment”, the forerunner of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Flying Squad.

11 November – first Remembrance Day observed with two minutes silence at 11:00 hrs.

1 December – Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor becomes the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons, and the second to be elected, having stood at the Plymouth Sutton by-election on 28 November to succeed her husband as a Unionist member.

30 December – Lincoln’s Inn, in London, admits its first female bar student.

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