Elsie Martin celebrates her 100th birthday

PUBLISHED: 14:46 03 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 15 June 2010

ELSIE Martin celebrated her 100th birthday with a party for friends at Doveridge Nursing Home in Colyton. Born in Bulls Court, Colyton, she has memories of her grandmother taking her to Sunday school at the parish church of St Andrew. In later life, she k

ELSIE Martin celebrated her 100th birthday with a party for friends at Doveridge Nursing Home in Colyton.Born in Bulls Court, Colyton, she has memories of her grandmother taking her to Sunday school at the parish church of St Andrew. In later life, she kept brass in the church sparkling.She was the first member of Colyton Girl Guides and enjoyed learning about housekeeping and child care.Her happiest memories are of looking after Ruth and Janet Baker, daughters of Mr and Mrs Donald Baker, who lived at Colyton Tannery.During the Second World War, Elsie worked in Seaton making camouflage net. She also worked in a munitions factory in Axminster and cycled everywhere.Cycling and keeping active are secrets of her old age, she has told friends.After the war, Elsie worked at The Old Manor care home for elderly gentlefolk. It was a job she enjoyed and one that brought her into contact with many interesting people, including royalty.She retired in the 1970s and became the first resident at Abbeyfield in Colyton.She was an enthusiastic helper in the kitchen.Elsie has lived in Colyton all her life - in Coly Vale and Moorfields, to name two former addresses.She would like to thank everyone who celebrated her 100th birthday by sending cards or making donations to St Andrew's West Window Appeal.Among the 50 cards received was one from the Queen.


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