An inspirational grandmother of 47 who survived a terrifying wartime bomb blast has celebrated her centenary.
Born in London, the birthday girl lived in a two-bedroom flat, which her parents opened up to two orphans, Jim and his sister Eddie.
Florrie recalled: “All the girls slept together in one double bed and each week, our mother would wash down the metal bedframe with paraffin to prevent infection from lice and bedbugs.”
At 14 she started work in a cardboard box factory and met husband-to-be George when she was 19.
During the war, Florrie and George’s home was subjected to an air raid and Florrie had to shelter under the dining room table cradling their baby Patricia – the blast was so strong one of George’s shoes was later found halfway up the street.
George sadly passed away in 2003 but their son Barry said: “Mum’s secret to reaching 100 is the 74 years she spent with dad, surrounded by his love which obviously sustained her. They lived for each other and for their family.”
Florrie, who has five children, 18 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren, has witnessed some key historical events, including the coronation of three monarchs.
Sanctuary Care’s regional manager Tracie Bailey said: “Florrie is an inspiration to us all at Hatfield. She is always smiling and has a fantastic sense of humour.”
Following her birthday on Sunday 19 January, Florrie is the fourth centenarian at Hatfield to celebrate a milestone birthday since November 2013.