Life is sweet for Florence as she celebrates 100th birthday

100th Birthday for Florence Hilsdon, at Poppyfields, St Neots,with Town Crier Mike Blackburn.

100th Birthday for Florence Hilsdon, at Poppyfields, St Neots,with Town Crier Mike Blackburn. - Credit: Archant

Enjoying food and a sense of humour are the keys to a long and healthy life, according to a St Neots woman who celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday.

100th Birthday of Florence Hilsdon, at Poppyfields, St Neots,

100th Birthday of Florence Hilsdon, at Poppyfields, St Neots, - Credit: Archant

Florence Hilsdon, who is a resident at Poppyfields in Eynesbury, was joined by more than 100 guests for a family party on Sunday, which included a live band and St Neots town crier Mike Blackburn.

Florence, who has three children, six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, said: “I love my food, I still have two lumps of sugar in my tea and I love cream cakes and sweets and chocolates and I have never been on a diet.”

She was born in Luton and worked in the town’s famous hat industry after leaving school and came to Poppyfields, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year, last July. She is the first person at Poppyfields to celebrate their 100th birthday.

Florence, who was one of eight children and was sickly as a child, said she couldn’t believe she had reached 100.


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“I was the smallest of the babies and they gave me cod liver oil to get the weight on - I have outlived my brothers and sisters. Now, all I take is two blood pressure tablets each day. I get up early every day and I love watching the darts, football and snooker on the television.”

She said her party was “really beautiful” and it was “lovely to see everyone so happy”.

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