Findon woman marks 100th birthday

Ellen Mears celebrates her 100th birthday with family and friends
Ellen Mears celebrates her 100th birthday with family and friends

DESPITE having a “hard life”, a Findon woman has reached the age of 100.

Ellen Mears, of Beech Close, celebrated becoming a centenarian on May 5 with a “good old family get-together” at Findon Village Hall.

Ellen was born in Bermondsey in London, and spent most of her life in south London before moving to Findon 37 years ago.

Ellen’s daughter, Elaine Huggins, said: “She has had quite a hard life in a way.

“Her family was not well off.”

The 66-year-old from Teesside said her mum has always been very active, and this, with a bit of luck as well, was how she made it to 100.

Eileen said: “She has always liked swimming and things like that.

“She taught herself to swim, and a lot of her friends to swim – she has always been quite active in that sense.

“She has been lucky as well. She must have good genes.”

Ellen lives by herself and Eileen said she still, apart from a little help, does everything herself.

Eileen said: “She is independent really.

“Everyone who meets her says she is still quite a remarkable lady, and we hope she stays that way.”