Despite experiencing “a few scrapes” over the years, a quick-witted Sanctuary Care resident jokes that a glass of Advocaat is her secret to reaching 100.
Elsie Evans celebrates her centenary this week at Castlecroft Residential Care Home in Birmingham’s Weoley Castle, where she has lived since January.
Born in Northfield, Elsie lived with her parents and five siblings until she wed “the love of my life” Billy.
The couple met when the self-taught Tango dancer cheekily tried to get into a local dance for free - Billy stopped her because he didn’t want his friend who organised the event to lose out on money. She said: “I thought that was very honest.”
Three years later they tied the knot, enjoying over 60 years of happy marriage until Billy sadly died in 2003.
For two years during the war Billy repaired aircrafts for the RAF and was stationed all over the country.
Elsie has vivid memories of the war. She said: “Billy and I would listen to the planes while we were in bed and were scared that we would be bombed.”
The couple had a daughter Pauline. Elsie has one grandchild Steven and a great granddaughter called Emma – both live in Poland.
Speaking about her birthday Elsie said: “It’s a marvel really. I’ve been through a few scrapes but I am still alive to tell the tale.”
On her secret to reaching 100 she joked: “I would love to have a glass of Advocaat which I used to enjoy during my youth years.”
Manager at the home, which provides residential care and dementia care, Leanne Carr said: “Elsie is such a wonderful character here at Castlecroft – she has a brilliant sense of humour and is always making us laugh.