A sweet life: 100s celebrate Glencoe woman’s 107th

2009-06-03 00:00

WHILE hard work, a love of gardening and a sensible diet of vegetables, mutton, fish, rice and brown bread have all contributed towards a Glencoe woman’s longevity, 107-year-old Sadaya Ramdyal Beharie has confessed that she has a weakness for sweets too.

Mrs Beharie celebrated her birthday with hundreds of relatives and friends in the ABH Hall in Glencoe on Saturday evening, with a large birthday cake decorated with a photograph of her and the numbers 107.

Mrs Beharie was born on March 26, 1902 in Ballengeich near Newcastle. At 13, she fell in love with a “handsome and talented young man” from Newcastle, Ramdeyal Beharie.

He was a musician and a keen fisherman. The newlyweds lived with her parents until she was 16 and then moved to Newcastle to live with her in-laws.

She remembers how, in her younger days, she carried coal on her head, walking 16 km from Northfield Colliery to her home in Glencoe. Water also had to be carried; there was no such thing as piped water back then.

Later, the couple moved to Glencoe where they had 12 children, six boys and six girls.

Beharie has outlived seven of her children. She lists her relatives as 120 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs Beharie says she still keeps to a simple diet, but admits that she has a weakness for sweets.

— Own Correspondent.

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