Penney turns 11 on the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th month

Penney Mason and little brother Valentino.
Penney Mason and little brother Valentino.

A Skegness girl who was born on the 11th second of the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month has this week ... turned 11.

Penney Mason, of Winthorpe, shares her birthday with among the most significant dates in history, that of the end of the First World War.

In fact, her entrance into the world, during the 11th hour of November 11, co-incides with when the Allies and Germany signed the armistice in 1918.

Mum Dee’Dee Lee, 46, said: “You would have thought we would have called her Poppy.”

Penney, in fact, takes her name from the phrase ‘pennies from heaven’, as Dee’Dee and her partner Malcolm Mason, 46, were told they would be unable to have children.

Her links to the First World War do not stop at the timing of her birth, however.

Her great-great-uncle, a Pte Stamper, is thought to be the first soldier from Skegness to die in the conflict.

With her birthday falling on Armistice Day, Penney has grown up with a strong appreciation of Remembrance and a passion for peace.

Dee’Dee said Penney always supports the Poppy Appeal, raises awareness of Remembrance among others, and even attempts to intervene when she sees conflict.

Dee’Dee said: “If she sees anyone arguing or fighting she will actually go tell them not to do that.”

At home, her caring side is shown further.

A young carer, she helps look after her dad, who has a rare genetic disorder, her granddad, Eric Williamson, 82, and her 18-month-old brother Valentino.

She said she wants to follow in the footsteps of her mother, an entertainer who has performed in front of the likes of Prince Charles.

She said: “I want to make people laugh and be like my Mum.”