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Former grocer who has ‘lived a life full of sunshine’ celebrates 102nd birthday

Former grocer who has ‘lived a life full of sunshine’ celebrates 102nd birthday

by Danielle Thompson (September 2021)

A FORMER grocer from Southport has celebrated her 102nd birthday in style.

MHA Connell Court resident Clarice Tinlin recently celebrated turning 102, enjoying a special birthday with visits from her family and a trip out to local cafés in Birkdale village.

Clarice was born on August 30, 1919 in Cadishead, within sight of the Manchester Ship Canal.

Her father was a master baker – so aged 14, she left school to work in the family’s grocery business. She loved working in the shop, where her quick brain and happy demeanour were a great asset.

She continued to work there throughout the Second World War.

It was at school where she met her first husband, John.

They married in 1940 and they went on to have two children.

As John’s career moved onwards and upwards, the couple lived in Scotland and Nigeria, before settling in Southport in 1958.

Sadly, John died in 1969, leaving Clarice broken-hearted – but sunshine appeared again when, in 1975, she married her second husband Ron. The pair spent their retirement travelling Britain and Europe in their caravan.

Clarice has a large, blended family consisting of three children, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren, all of whom adore her.

MHA Connell Court home manager, Anna Harvey, said: “Clarice is a delight to have in the home and she brightens up every day with her smile. She always says that she has lived a life full of sunshine – and we can still see her sense of fun at the great age of 102.”

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