Bromley woman celebrates 100th birthday with globe-trotting family

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 October 2013

Doris with her daughter, Pat Sabatini, who flew in to see her mum from Madrid.

Doris with her daughter, Pat Sabatini, who flew in to see her mum from Madrid.


A Bromley centurion celebrated her 100th birthday last week, with friends and family jetting in from across the globe.

Doris Bale, of Cumberland Road, was born in Bermondsey, in south London, when George V was on the throne and just one year after the Titanic sunk.

Planes from America, Spain, Crete, Switzerland, Scotland and Russia brought over her family, who gathered at Bromley Court Hotel, in Bromley Hill, to see their mother, grandmother and aunt blow out her candles.

Her son, David, says the secret to his mum’s 100 years is “just getting on with it and not worrying”.

Below are a list of historic events Doris has lived through:

- Two World Wars

- The Hindenburg disaster

- The invention of the television

- Eight economic recessions

- Beatlemania

- The fall of the Berlin Wall

- The assassinations of JFK, Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X

- The first manned space flight and man walking on the moon

- England winning the World Cup

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