Village celebrates Eileen’s 100th birthday with 100 seconds of clapping

Residents came out of their homes to celebrate the 100th birthday of a local villager with 100 seconds of clapping yesterday.

Dozens of people gave a round of applause to help North Cowton resident Eileen Nixon mark the special day.

Richmondshire firefighters and police joined in with the clapping.

To ensure social distancing, Eileen stood in the middle of the village green while residents gave their applause.

The celebration was organised by Eileen’s family who put up posters and asked on social media for local residents to help mark the birthday.

Granddaughter Elizabeth Hancock said: “She was really thrilled and said to me that she had a lovely day.

“She was also really please to receive a card from the Queen.”

Children from North and South Cowton Community Primary made a banner to mark the occasion.

Eileen, who has a British Empire Medal, worked for SSAFA, the Citizens Advice Bureau and was a magistrate for 28 years.