Lillian White, from Bourne celebrated turning 100 years old at the weekend surrounded by her closest family and friends and said that the secret to a long life is a ‘cheeky drink’ and a ‘sense of humour’.
Lillian, who has lived in Bourne for the past 23 years, celebrated turning 100 years old on Saturday with a birthday lunch at Toft House Hotel, but insisted that turning 100 feels no different and is just like any other birthday.
More than 35 of Lillian’s close friends and family attended the celebratory lunch, organised by her nephew Stephen Cakett and his wife Jean, who travelled all the way from Perth in Australia to be with Lillian on her special day. Stephen said: “Lillian is the first person I know to have ever reached 100, it’s fantastic.” Along with Jean who said: “I think she’s incredible!”
Lillian who grew up in East Ham, London with her younger brother, Albert and sister, Doris, has worked for most of her life in a number of different jobs, including helping out as young girl in her father’s fruit and vegetable store in London.
Lillian married her husband Harold in 1945, but he sadly passed away in 1989 and since then Lillian has lived independently in Bourne. Lillian said that she enjoys living in Bourne and has made a lot of friends.
Lillian said: “I have a wonderful family, wonderful friends and a good sense of humour - that’s all you need.
“I’ve had so much kindness shown to me and those people have always helped me out. I’ve sailed through life quite happily.”