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Fun is key to Kath's 100 years

By Rebecca Black

Published 02/05/2015

Emma Kathleen Bryson, who celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday, with her card from the Queen
Emma Kathleen Bryson, who celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday, with her card from the Queen

A jolly disposition is the secret behind the long life of Northern Ireland's latest centenarian, according to her grand-daughter.

Kathleen Bryson was brought up in Harrison Street off the Crumlin Road, but her happy childhood was devastated when she was left orphaned aged 12.

She was then cared for by her grandfather and uncle before growing up, marrying and starting her own family.

The Belfast pensioner now has an incredible 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren, with whom she celebrated her special birthday yesterday.

Grand-daughter Sharon Bingham described her as a "jolly little lady" who loves singing and socialising.

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