Tina’s 100th birthday celebrations at cafe

Tina Day celebrated her 100th birthday at her favourite cafe, the Triangle Cafe at Willingdon Triangle. Family, friends and cafe owners Heather and Ang cheered her and a special cake was made and donated by Kerry's Cake house. September 3rd 2013 E36070P
Tina Day celebrated her 100th birthday at her favourite cafe, the Triangle Cafe at Willingdon Triangle. Family, friends and cafe owners Heather and Ang cheered her and a special cake was made and donated by Kerry's Cake house. September 3rd 2013 E36070P

Centenarian Tina Day celebrated her milestone birthday with a party at the cafe where she has her lunch every day.

Tina, also known as Constance, is a regular at the Triangle Cafe in Wilingdon and her family and friends gathered there for a surprise party on her 100th birthday on Tuesday.

She visits the eatery for her favourite meal of crispy bacon, egg and chips with a milky coffee and owners Heather Batkin and Anj O’Connor arranged the party.

Tina was born in 1913 at the coastguard’s cottages in Rye Harbour.

Her father was a coastguard and the family moved around the country living in coastguard cottages until they settled in Croydon.

Tina worked as an accounts clerk and married Edward Day in September 1938 and the couple had one son, Graham, who attended the party with his daughter Catherine.

She moved to Eastbourne 40 years ago when her and her late husband retired here. Eddie, as he was known, died three years ago aged 97 and Tina still lives in the house they shared in Wannock Lane.

A birthday party was held at the Chalk Farm Hotel on Saturday and on her actual birthday Heather and Anj decorated the cafe with bunting and balloons.

Local cake maker Kerry Debreczeny made a special cake and sparkling wine was provided by the building’s landlord Norman.

Revealing her tips for a long life, Tina said a sense of humour was essential. She also loves doing crosswords and eats a doughnut every day.

As well as receiving a birthday card from Her Majesty the Queen, Tina also received a telegram from Iain Duncan-Smith.

After her party at the cafe Tina and her family went to the Towner to be presented with a quilt made especially by Cotton Candy, which connects adults with differences and mentors to ignite interest or develop existing skills.