Burton woman celebrates 100th birthday
1:02pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
NO crisps and lemonade – one tip for a long life from a Burton centenarian.
Grace Childs celebrated her 100th birthday with 40 guests a party organised by Burton WI at Mission Hall, Houghton, on Tuesday (October 15).
Grace was born at a house called Woodville, Burton, just a few doors down from where she now lives, having moved back to Pembrokeshire following retirement.
She went to Pembroke Dock County School and she had a younger sister called Winnie. Grace’s father, Richard, was an electrician at the dockyard and her mother, Emma, was a teacher at Llangwm.
A former junior school teacher, Grace lived and worked in Somerset and Hertfordshire, before returning to Pembrokeshire.
She joined Burton WI in the 1970s where she has been an active member ever since.
And the secret to a long life? “Well your genes play a part in it,” said Grace.
“I have never lived one of those raucous lives and I have always had a sensible diet – no crisps and lemonade, that sort of thing.
“I have been very active in my life,” added Grace, who was a keen folk dancer. “I never sit still.”
Looking back over her 100 years, Grace said: “I have seen some tremendous changes – you just couldn’t name them. I remember the first car in Burton.
I had a very happy childhood. We had a boat we used to go out on with my father – we had a lovely time on that boat.
“It’s very nice to be in good health and to have so many friends.”
Burton WI president Myra Gillespie said: “Grace is intelligent, charming, and she doesn’t suffer fools gladly. She’s an inspiration.”
Distant cousin Isobel Copp and her husband, Paul, who live in Johnston also attended the birthday bash.
“Grace has been an inspiration all my life,” said Isobel. “She’s just a wonderful person and full of fun.”