August 03, 2007

newspaper article about Grandma's 100th

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Mona celebrates 100th birthday

A DOUGLAS pensioner was congratulated by two of the Island’s top dignitaries and the Queen when she celebrated her 100th birthday.
Mona Bell received a customary telegram from the Queen, flowers from Lieutenant Governor Sir Paul Haddacks and a visit from Deemster Mike Kerruish and his wife Marianne during a party at her home on Sunday.

She spent 40 years working at family-run business Bell’s Tobacconist in Victoria Street and, until a few years ago, was an active member of the Royal British Legion’s Isle of Man branch and the World Manx Organisation.

Liverpool-born Mona visited the Island several times as a child, as her father was from Foxdale.

She moved to the Manx capital in 1956 with her husband, who had fought in World War Two, and their sons Jim and Douglas, after he was told by doctors to relocate to a quiet environment to lessen the effects of lingering shellshock.

That year, they bought the house in Stoney Road where Mona still lives today. Around the same time she began working for the family business, where she continued to help out until 1996 when she was 89.

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