Birthday girl remembers sinking of Titanic

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STORIES surrounding the Titanic have been making our cinema and television screens this month, but few can actually say they remember the ‘unbreakable’ ship going down.

One of those is Wellingborough woman Doris Byles, who celebrated her 104th birthday yesterday with family and friends.

The great, great-grandmother says she can still remember the sadness when news came through of the ship going down along with 1,514 people in 1912.

Living in Lydd-On-Sea, in Kent, Doris said she first heard about the sinking through friends who worked in and around the seaside town.

She said: “It was terrible news, everyone was talking about it for weeks and it was unclear at first about what really happened.

“There was real mourning when we all heard how many people had died – it’s something I will never forget.”

Doris, who now lives in Kingsway with her 77-year-old son Paul, moved to Irthingborough aged just 15.

She worked at Chapmans Factory in Wellingborough before moving to the town to live with her husband Sidney, who died in 1998.

They have three sons and two daughters.

Doris went out for a birthday meal with her family and friends yesterday.