A TYNEDALE street turned out to celebrate one its oldest residents this week.

Mary Campin, who has lived on Crescent Avenue, Hexham, for 54 years, turned 80 on Monday.

Like many others of a similar age, Mary has been shielding to protect against the coronavirus.

And due to social distancing measures and advice against non-essential travel, the family party that had been planned for Mary and her twin, who lives in London, was cancelled.

However, her thoughtful family and neighbours were determined to mark the milestone by giving Mary a birthday to remember.

And that they did - Mary came out of her house on Monday and was greeted with a round of applause and the whole street singing happy birthday.

Christopher, one of Mary’s four children, said: “The whole thing was organised through the neighbours really.

“They are a very close knit group. My mam has been living there for 54 years, so has seen people come and go.

He added: “Initially we didn’t think we’d be able to celebrate, so this was the next best thing. It has definitely filled a void.

“She hasn’t stopped talking about it since.”

“I didn’t expect to be how it was at all, the whole street was out with balloons and bunting, it was lovely”, he said.

“She’s so highly thought of. You could see how much it meant to her and to us, as a family”.

“She is so unassuming, she’d never have thought people would go to these lengths for her.”

Mary has been a familiar face around Hexham for many years, having worked at St Joseph’s Middle School as a secretary, and being involved with St Mary’s Church.

“We were worried about how we’d keep her in, she is so active” Christopher said.

“But she has seen times like these before with the war, being parted from her mother. So, she’s pretty resolute.”