Former Hitchin school teacher who helped crack wartime codes turns 100

PUBLISHED: 11:13 28 March 2019 | UPDATED: 11:13 28 March 2019

Cherry Thurstan turned 100 today and celebrated with her family. Picture: DANNY LOO

Cherry Thurstan turned 100 today and celebrated with her family. Picture: DANNY LOO

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A former Hitchin school teacher who helped crack codes during the Second World War has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Cherry Thurstan turned 100 today and celebrated with her family. Picture: DANNY LOOCherry Thurstan turned 100 today and celebrated with her family. Picture: DANNY LOO

A former Hitchin school teacher who helped crack codes during the Second World War has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Cherry Thurstan, who now lives in Trembaths Care Home in Letchworth, turned 100 on Monday, March 25.

Her son, Tim explained more about her life saying: “My mum was born in London and enlisted in the WAAF within a week of the outbreak of the Second World War. She worked in codes and cyphers.

“She moved to Hitchin with husband Bill and daughter Angela in 1951, adding two sons to the family, myself and Simon, during the 1950s.

“My mum has been a regular worshipper at St Mary’s Church for more than half a century and in the 1960s and 1980s she taught at Strathmore Infant School.“

Not long after her retirement, her husband Bill sadly died. Cherry continued to live in Hitchin with younger son Tim, and almost single-handedly raised £10,000 for charity selling roses.

“Her three children, daughter-in-law and three granddaughters wish her a very happy 100th birthday,” said Tim.

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