memorabilia covering the past century decorated the community hall at Springfield Day Centre in Bideford on Friday for the first of two 100th birthday parties for Alice Kendall. It was followed by a family occasion at her Bideford home, with members of he

memorabilia covering the past century decorated the community hall at Springfield Day Centre in Bideford on Friday for the first of two 100th birthday parties for Alice Kendall.It was followed by a family occasion at her Bideford home, with members of her amazing 83 descendants - children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren - travelling from London, Torquay, Ipswich, Aldershot and even Canada, as well as locally, to be present.Born at Silford Farm just outside Bideford, Alice spent her early life in the area. She left for Plymouth after marriage to her late husband, Edward, but they returned to Bideford in the 1930s with the first two of their children. Alice devoted herself to raising her family, which grew to four sons and two daughters, and Edward was a bus conductor.She lives with youngest son Stanley and daughter-in-law Gloria and hosts a meal every Saturday for visiting children.