A TRUE Northumbrian celebrated her birthday in the very house she was born in 100 years before.

Pamela Enderby was born at The Riding in Acomb on November 10, 1915, and it was in this same house she celebrated the milestone occasion alongside 46 close friends and family.

Surrounded by cards and presents, Pamela said: “Lots of people have come to see me which is really nice.

“I’m very pleased with my card from the Queen too. It’s a lovely thing to have.”

There is no doubt Pamela has had an interesting life and Tynedale has been at the heart of it all.

Daughter of Major Charles Hornby and one of four children, the family moved from The Riding to Anick House where she was home-schooled.

Aged 20, she married Samuel Enderby at Hexham Abbey, where she had also been christened.

Having met on the edge of Hexham Racecourse, Pamela and Samuel were married for almost 60 years before he passed away.

Pamela has three children, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren, with another on the way.

After a three-day honeymoon in the Lake District, Pamela moved to Cairo, where her new husband was stationed as part of the Northumberland Fusiliers.

He went on to become a highly decorated soldier for his bravery during the Second World War.

Pamela described her time in Egypt as “lovely” and it was these experiences that ignited her passion for travel.

Her niece, Nicola Blundell-Brown, described Pamela as “the perfect travel partner” because of her insatiable thirst for knowledge.

“Pammy is always interested in everything and everyone,” she said.

“Her general knowledge is incredible and while we were travelling she knew everything, especially about the chateaus in France, their names and the people who had lived there.

“She has great enthusiasm and is tremendously fun to be with.”

In 1950, Pamela moved back to her birthplace, The Riding.

She said: “I loved moving back here. I love the house and it’s a lovely area.”

An avid reader, Pamela enjoys nothing more than a good book.

Remarkably, at 100 years old she does not need glasses to read.

Pamela cites reading and doing the quizzes in the Sunday papers as her favourite things to do, along with watching BBC’s Pointless.

She also enjoys watching horse racing and still regularly goes to the races.

“I love racing and always enjoyed riding,” she added. “I used to take ballet classes as well. I’ve always exercised.”

In her 100 years, Pamela said there are too many memories to choose a favourite one.

“I have seen a lot in my time and a lot of changes,” she said.

Some of her most memorable times include watching world-renowned ballerina Anna Pavlova perform in Newcastle and garden parties at Buckingham Palace.

It was not only the Queen whom Pamela received a card from.

Her Majesty’s Bodyguard also wished her a happy birthday after her husband and son, Charles, both served with them.

Charles, who is chief executive of Hexham Racecourse, said: “She is a wonderful mother and was a dedicated wife.

“She’s a very kind person who took full part in local affairs.

“She was a keen gardener and loved dancing.

2She always talks about dancing in London and meeting all the greats like Fred Astaire.

“She really lights up when she talks about that.”

When asked the secret to her longevity, Pamela simply replied: “I have no idea. I take every day as it comes.”