100 reasons to celebrate with centenarian Florence

A globe-trotting pensioner had her feet firmly on the ground as she celebrated her 100th birthday on Thursday.

Florence Hastings, who lives in Caton House Residential and Nursing Home in Bletchley, was joined by her family to mark the occasion.

She said: “My secrets are easy to remember – plenty of walking and never forgeting to take your vitamins.”

Florence was born in Portsmouth in 1915, where she met her childhood sweetheart William. The couple grew up and went to school together, marrying in 1937.

Married life took them around the world thanks to William’s job with the RAF, which saw them live in Singapore, Aden and on the east coast of the Red Sea among other far-flung locations,

And Florence has had other good reasons to travel the globe, as she has enjoyed jet-setting journeys to visit family members in America and Canada.

She was joined by relatives of all ages at last week’s birthday celebration, with her family extending to two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Her son Alan said: “It’s fantastic to be able to celebrate mum’s 100th birthday.

“Over the years she has done so much for me, especially when Dad was serving in the RAF and we were moving around so much. I ended up going to seven different schools, including four grammar schools, and she was always there for me.

“She’s a wonderful mother and I will always be proud of her.”
Isobel Scott, manager of Caton House, added: “We are sop incredibly proud of Florence, she is such a strong-willed lady and is an inspiration to us all.

“We are so happy to celebrate her special day with her.”