Belle’s Century Celebrated By Mayor

100thThe Mayor of Gateshead, Councillor Alex Geddes, has joined in the celebrations of one of the town’s residents who was given the red carpet treatment at a special party on her 100thbirthday.

Isabella Ann Cowans, known as Belle, celebrated her century with the Mayor, family members and friends at a party organised by staff at Alexandra House care home, which is operated by Akari Care.

Belle, who was born in Gateshead to parents Stanley and Eliza Bramwell, previously worked at her father’s fish and chip shop, the Sun pub, which was operated by her sister Nell and brother-in-law Tommy, and later at the former Carricks Bakery, in Dunston, until her retirement.

In her leisure time, Belle enjoyed playing bingo and reading the news, as well as listening to the The Three Tenors.

She was married to her late husband Bill Cowans and resided in sheltered accommodation after his death for 20 years, before moving to Alexandra House in April 2015.

Marie Bainbridge, home manager at Alexandra House, said: “Belle has been a lovely resident and a pleasure to be around since she joined us last year and the party was a fitting celebration, with her family and friends by her side. I am grateful to Councillor Geddes for attending and marking the occasion, which was a pleasant experience for all our guests and residents.

“Belle is a real character at Alexandra House with a real dry sense of humour; she once visited a shop and asked for some dislocated coconut! Her endless stories and jokes keep our staff entertained and she has been a wonderful addition to the home.”

Based on Havelock Terrace, Alexandra House provides residential care for up to 40 elderly residents.