Birthday joy as five generations meet for party


Members of a family spanning more 100 years gathered to make sure a Hailsham woman’s birthday party was a huge success.

The party was organised by 80-year-old Hailsham man Ken Furminger to allow five generations of his family to mark the occasion with his mum, Mona Furminger.

Mr Furminger organised the get together as an early birthday celebration for his mum, who will turn 103 later this month.

He said he was pleased that so many members of the family had got together.

“It was brilliant that we were able to get so many of the generations together in one place,” he said.

“Mother was in fine form and happy to regale us with memories of her younger days, including playing stoolball for Alfriston and meeting King George V and Queen Mary during their visit to Eastbourne in 1935.”

Mona, who lives at the Shalom Residential Care Home, Carew Road, Eastbourne, was joined by some of her seven children, 26 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren for the family event -the youngest was two-year-old Marianna Furminger who had travelled from Canada with her father Paul and mother Sabrina.

Other long-distance travellers included Mona’s grandson Peter Furminger, his wife Lina and their son Simon, who also live in Canada.

Mona was born in Chesterfield and spent her early years in service in Kensington Gardens, London.

She married Walter Furminger, a policeman, and the couple moved first to Pevensey and later to Alfriston.

They were the steward and stewardess at the Royal Eastbourne Golf Club before retiring to Hailsham. Walter died at the age of 63.

Mona was also joined by granddaughter-in-law Lina and daughter-in-law Nancy.