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Survivor Sylvia celebrates 102nd birthday

Sylvia Storr with grandaughters Sheryl Gordon and Fay Huggins and greatgrandson James Gordon. DJ

Sylvia Storr with grandaughters Sheryl Gordon and Fay Huggins and greatgrandson James Gordon. DJ

A woman who survived a German U-boat attack while on her way back from India celebrated her 102nd birthday last week.

Sylvia Storr, nee Rylott, of Grounds Court, Boston, celebrated the milestone with a party with friends and family.

She said: “I had a wonderful birthday with lots of cards and pressies.”

Sylvia was born in the Skirbeck Quarter, London Road, Boston, and lived in the town all her life apart from two years. She married Fred Storr and they went to live in India for two years in 1940 where they had daughter Mabel.

They left India in 1942 and on the way back to Southampton they ship they were on was chased by U-boats.

Sylvia said all the passengers had to throw their souvenirs and hats overboard and this saved their lives as the Germans thought they had sunk the ship.

A year after being married Sylvia had a baby which sadly died. She went on to have son Ronald and now has four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Sylvia worked pea picking and packing and also as a ‘char’ lady cleaning peoples houses.

And the secret to long life? Sylvia said: “A tot of whiskey with my first cup of tea in the morning and at night before going to sleep. I leave the rest to the Lord and he looks after me.”

 

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