Mayor of Bexley celebrates with 100-year-old Bexley woman
PUBLISHED: 11:34 14 March 2016 | UPDATED: 11:34 14 March 2016
Eileen White was born in 1916 in Plumstead
A Bexley woman born before the invention of the toggle light switch celebrates her 100th birthday today.
Since she was born, on March 14, 1916, Eileen White has lived through two world wars, four monarchs and more than 20 prime ministers.
Mrs White celebrated at a party in the Emmanuel Church Hall in Sidcup, organised by the Kent Association for the Blind VIP Club.
Having joined the club in 2007, the centenarian received flowers, cards and gifts.
Despite the remarkable achievement, Mrs White will not be the first of her siblings to reach the milestone, with her sister Marjorie, who now lives in Bognor, set to turn 102 in October.
The Plumstead born woman was one of 11 children, and despite having no children of her own, she lives with her younger sister, Helen, and is visited by family who live in Bexley.
During the party, the Mayor of Bexley, Sybil Camsey, presented her with a bouquet of flowers.
The pair then talked over a cup of tea.
During the celebrations, entertainer Mickey Driver, a professional entertainer, performed in a pearly king outfit, singing a range of songs including some made famous by Vera Lynn and the Andrews sisters.
The Plumstead born 100-year-old moved to Essex after marrying her husband, George, in 1958, but returned to Bexley in 1983 following his death.
When asked how she had reached the landmark birthday, Mrs White explained her longevity is down to “clean living, the odd tipple before bed and the close support of her family”.
Mrs White explained “you have to keep certain standards” as she takes pride in her appearance, with manicures, facials and hair setting all part of her routine.
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