The big reunion! 60 relatives reunite for sisters’ birthdays

PUBLISHED: 16:29 19 March 2017 | UPDATED: 08:51 20 March 2017

Anne Dalton with her family and friends at her birthday celebrations. Ref sho 11-17TI 8597. Picture: Terry Ife

Anne Dalton with her family and friends at her birthday celebrations. Ref sho 11-17TI 8597. Picture: Terry Ife

Archant

An Ottery woman - ‘sick’ of only seeing her large family at funerals - has enjoyed a birthday to remember as more than 60 relatives reunited for her 70th birthday.

Anne Dalton with her son Jason from Australia at her birthday celebrations. Ref sho 11-17TI 8606. Picture: Terry IfeAnne Dalton with her son Jason from Australia at her birthday celebrations. Ref sho 11-17TI 8606. Picture: Terry Ife

Anne Dalton, nee Thompson, invited members from her mother’s side to a joint birthday party with her sister Margot.

The sisters were born 17 years apart on March 10 and joined forces to bring the family together at Ottery St Mary Football Club on Saturday.

Anne, of Coleridge Road, said: “We are such a big family, but the only time we see each other is at funerals - and I am sick of it.

“It’s amazing they are making an effort; we are just an ordinary family. We do not live in each other’s pockets, but if we do anything, everyone makes an effort. It only takes anyone having an idea and we do it.”

Four generations of the Thompson family have ties to the town, dating back into the 1800s.

Anne was born in Kidney Bean Square, Sandhill Street, before moving to Bridgefield and was the first in the family to attend The King’s School.

The youngest of four, Anne moved away from Ottery to serve in the Women’s RAF, taking her to bases across the world, before returning to raise her children in the town.

“We always came home for Tar Barrels night, rather than Christmas,” said Anne.

The grandmother-of-four said the last full family reunion was her mother Lil’s 95th birthday in 1998.

Anne added: “If we get a big number of us, it is without the children, but I wanted to have the children there.”

On Saturday, 64 people, including 24 children, attended the afternoon tea, which included four birthday cakes, followed by music.

Her eldest son, Jason, flew back from Australia to surprise his mum to join his relatives, who came from around East Devon, Somerset, and as far as Warrington, at the event.

Other News Stories

16:28

Officers will continue to operate from their Queen Street base until at least 2024

Read more

A project to get more Sidmouth residents on their bikes and investigate potential new routes and the costs involved has been given a £1,300 boost.

Read more
18:30

A former Olympic bobsledder is hoping for a fresh run of success as she launches her innovative new business in Exmouth.

Read more
17:22

Charity recreation of wartime route march will cover 135 miles in five days from Ilfracombe to Wiltshire

Read more

The case has finally been closed on a man who went missing from Sidmouth in November 2005 after a High Court judge declared him presumed dead.

Read more

Retired mental health nurse Heather Penwarden said charity Mind had been forced to end its provision in Honiton and support at home was not going to be provided.

Read more

The ‘jewel in the crown’ of Torridge is celebrating its 14th Blue Flag award in a row, hailing another year of clean bathing water.

Read more
15:20

Adrian Jewell, 46, of Liskeard was found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting two girls, and secretly filming another, in North Devon.

Read more
14:58

Axe Valley and West Dorset Ring and Ride Service recieves a £2,000 donation

Read more

“We need as many responses as possible to create a blueprint that reflects the whole of the community – from children to families to older people.”

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Place a family notice

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

FFind planning applications