This Bromley great-grandmother celebrated her 105th birthday at her favourite golf club
PUBLISHED: 14:22 17 July 2017
Four generations of her family were at the celebration
A great-grandmother celebrated her 105th birthday surrounded by friends and family at the weekend.
Doris Hill, better known as Dolly, greeted her daughter Yve along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren at Sundridge Park Golf Club on Sunday, where she has been a member for more than 60 years.
Mrs Hill first joined the club with her late husband Stanley, who would often visit the club up to three times a week.
Born in New Cross, the centenarian worked with her husband at his own bicycle wholesale business, Southern Trading Company, until she was 82-years-old.
“She doesn’t drink a great deal, has never smoked and worked for a very large part of her life, I think that is what has helped her to live this long,” said grandson Tim Stevens.
“As a family we worked out that between her and my grandfather, they had more than 100 years of membership at the golf club, they used to live in Bromley Hill, until a house become on the market just opposite the club, which they moved into straight away.
“Once she turned 100 she was made an honorary member after being such a key social member for so long.
“Members of the club almost treat her like the Queen when she arrives, we didn’t know it, but they had written her a card and the club captain was there on the day to hand it to her.”
Marrying at 21 in 1933, Mrs Hill would spend the next 60 years with her husband until his death in 1994.
Despite living alone, the Garden Road resident remains “very independent, mobile and totally compos mentis”, assured Mr Stevens, who is currently a councillor for Farnborough and Crofton ward.
“As well as her second letter from the Queen, she also received a letter from David Gauke, the secretary of state for work and pensions, which was a nice surprise and both are up on her mantelpiece.
“My grandmother still has her letter from the Queen which she received for her 100th birthday, I believe it’s kept safe in a box somewhere.”
Joining Mrs Hill for the celebration was her 95-year-old sister Molly Baker, with the two sisters being the last of six children.