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Bromley woman celebrates 100th birthday

PUBLISHED: 12:50 27 April 2015 | UPDATED: 12:50 27 April 2015

Mayor and Mayoress of Bromley with Marjorie Butcher.

Mayor and Mayoress of Bromley with Marjorie Butcher.

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She was joined by her family.

An ‘extraordinary’ woman celebrated her 100th birthday this weekend.

Majorie Butcher met the Mayor and Mayoress of Bromley, and was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a card from the Queen.

She was treated to a celebratory lunch at Milford in Surrey, with 23 family members in total attending.

Her son, Geoffrey Butcher, said: “It all went very well indeed. It was very funny because the Mayor and Mayoress came in and said ‘we normally meet 100 year olds sitting down, and you’re standing up’.

“She’s virtually blind and very deaf but she said ‘I’m perfectly well and perfectly fit,’ and bent down and touched her toes!

“She’s an extraordinary woman in many ways.”

And Mrs Butcher has lived through an incredible amount.

“The day that she was born was the day Gallipoli started,” her son explained.

“She must have seen a huge number of changes.

“She spent the whole War in south east London, and I did as well. We were never bombed out but we had all the windows and doors blown out on some occassions.”

And his mother has spent most of her life in the area.

“She has always lived in south east London, I think she was born in New Cross and lived there until about the mid fifties, and then she moved to Orpington, where she lived for most of the rest of her life and when my father died she sold the house there and moved back to Bromley.”

Mr Butcher, who now lives in Farnham, said that his mother has kept a lot of her independence.

“My mum still lives on her own, in her own flat. It’s sheltered accomodation so it has a warden and she has a carer who is very good.

“I go down and see her as often as I can.

“She has always been a very active woman. She was a champion swimmer in her youth and for many years she ran a club for handicapped swimmers, right up until her eighties.

“Even today she still goes to the Bertha James day care centre and insists on ballroom dancing there!”

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