Florrie Wilson, a resident at The Abbeyfield Kent Society’s supported home in Whitstable, celebrated her 100th birthday on 30th November.
Born in London amid WW1, Florrie spent her young days living in Kensington with her family, before taking her first job working in the city in an office.
“I always wanted to be on the stage,” says Florrie, “I was such a show off! My mum was a chorus girl and I wanted to be like her but I was very academic and ended up leading a team in an office, that was where I met my first husband.
“He was being shown around with some other reps and when we finished work, the girls told me he was waiting outside for me, I avoided him by going a different way but when I got home, he was there!”
Florrie soon married the Welshman and moved to Wales but admits she didn’t settle in to married life very well and often took the train back to London to visit her family. Sadly, her pilot husband was killed during WW2.
“I have had a fairly hard life”, says Florrie, “I had 5 children of my own and raised my sister’s two children too, as she passed away. Today I have several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren!”
Florrie, who moved to Whitstable almost four years ago to be closer to her daughter, celebrated her birthday alongside her family with two celebrations at the supported home, after all, you only turn 100 once.
“I certainly never thought I’d reach 100,” she says, “It doesn’t feel real, though sometimes it can be hard, particularly walking with a frame and having to use the lift. It’d be nice to be like Mary Poppins and slide down the banister!” she laughs, “What are my words of wisdom? To enjoy life and smile, happiness is everything.”