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Gravesend great-grandmother of 18 celebrates 90th birthday

PUBLISHED: 15:11 13 January 2014 | UPDATED: 15:11 13 January 2014

Ruby McBryde of Gravesend celebrates her 90th birthday in style with  entertainersThe Swingtime Sweethearts and Chris Till

Ruby McBryde of Gravesend celebrates her 90th birthday in style with entertainersThe Swingtime Sweethearts and Chris Till

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A Gravesend mother of eight, grandmother of 17 and great-grandmother to 18, has celebrated her 90th birthday in style.

Ruby McBryde, who was described by her children as “a wonderful mother and an amazing woman”, was joined by 100 friends and family on Saturday to help her celebrate 90 years.

There were performances from the SwingTime Sweethearts, who sang 1940s classics and performer Chris Till.

“The party was brilliant,” she said. “It was a big surprise. There was lots of singing and dancing and it was lovely seeing all the children.”

Ruby, who has lived in Gravesend since 1948, worked for the ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service), the women’s branch of the British Army, during the Second World War.

“It was my job to look after the officers,” she said. “I washed their uniforms and made sure they were always clean and tidy.”

After the war Ruby devoted her life to raising her large family, and credits decades of running around after children with keeping her young.

Her daughter Isabel said: “Everybody loves mum. She was devoted to us as children and we are all very lucky to have her.”

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