Former Second World War midwife celebrates 100th birthday in Bishop Auckland (From The Advertiser Series)
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Former Second World War midwife celebrates 100th birthday in Bishop Auckland
2:58pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
A FORMER midwife who helped to deliver babies during the Second World War has celebrated her 100th birthday.
Eva Cook reached the landmark on Friday (September 20) at Church View Care Home, Bishop Auckland.
Mrs Cook was born in Butterknowle, near Bishop Auckland, on September 20 1913, 11-months before the start of World War One, the eldest of six children of Sid and Annie Nattrass.
After leaving school she trained to be a nurse at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle.
Just before the onset of the Second World War she moved to Hull, East Yorkshire, to train to be a midwife.
She married Cyril Cook, of Butterknowle, during the war when he was in the Army. At the end of the war they moved to Romford, London, where Mr Cook found work.
They moved back to County Durham with their only child, Brenda Crane and Mrs Cook became a housewife while Mr Cook was headmaster at Butterknowle Primary School.
In the 1970s they moved to Bishop Auckland. Mr Cook died in 1991 and Mrs Cook moved into a flat in the town.
She remained there until earlier this year when she moved in the care home, and family and friends joined her there for a party there on Saturday. (September 21)
Mrs Crane said: “It’s quite an achievement to reach 100-years but I don’t know what her secret it.
“She has certainly seen some changes during her life time and she has done well to reach 100.”
Mrs Cook has two granddaughters Gemma Hamilton and Julia Crane and three great grandchildren Rebecca and Joseph Hamilton and Isabelle Crane.
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