‘Lovely family’ key to long and happy life

Eastbourne mayor Carolyn Heaps helped Alice Monckton celebrate her special birthday
Eastbourne mayor Carolyn Heaps helped Alice Monckton celebrate her special birthday

ALICE Monckton can still remember the end of the First World War and at 100 years old, the former corset-fitter shows little sign of losing the thread.

Mrs Monckton, who lives at Tweed Residential Home in Eastbourne, started work as a 14-year-old apprentice in the haberdashery department of Testers in Tunbridge Wells, retired at the ripe old age of 72 and still enjoys textiles today. Along with another resident, she is knitting puppets for the royal wedding. She is currently making the dress and the bodice for puppet Kate Middleton’s dress.

She had three daughters with builder husband Ronald Monckton, who died in 1996 after they had moved to Pevensey Bay. She has seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and one more should soon be on the way.

Guests from as far and wide as Holland and America celebrated the milestone birthday with 100 family and friends at the Hydro Hotel for tea and cake. “I am very happy and contented and lively. I’ve got a lovely family and I suppose that’s the answer really,” she said.