Phyl marks 100 happy years

Phyl (right) with deputy mayor Mike Thompson and daughter Joan Smith
Phyl (right) with deputy mayor Mike Thompson and daughter Joan Smith

ACCEPTING life as it comes is the key to longevity, according to an Eastbourne centenarian.

Phyllis Smith, known as Phyl, celebrated her 100th birthday recently with family and friends at the Hydro Hotel. Eastbourne mayor Councillor Carolyn Heaps was also there to wish her happy birthday.

Phyl was born in Islington, London on July 13, 1911. After leaving school she worked as a shorthand-typist in the jewellers Bravington’s in Holborn and later worked for Umello, a radio components company, where she met her husband, Edward Smith.

The couple were married in July 1935 and lived in Stanmore, Middlesex, for 25 years before moving to Northwood, Middlesex.

During the war years, her husband was chief accountant at Frigidare prior to starting his own refrigeration business at the end of the war.

They moved to Eastbourne following Edward’s retirement and into Grange Court in March 1972.

Phyl, whose husband died in 1984, continued to live at Grange Court where she remains today with her daughter Joan. Phyl also puts her long life down to contentment.