TWO birthday parties and a visit from the Mayor of Eastbourne marked the 104th birthday of Dora White recently.
The centenarian, who moved to Eastbourne when she was 100, celebrated with her friends and family in the Vintry Care Home.
Mrs White lived in Rugby for most of her life and was a maid in Lord Wimborne’s family house when she was younger.
She married Joseph White in 1932 and the couple adopted their son Roy White, who is now 68. Over the years the family has grown and Mrs White now has two grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and two step great grandchildren.
Lesley Ann said, “She really loves it at the Vintry. The staff love her and people come down from Rugby to visit her. She is very happy there.”
Mrs White loved gardening, crafts and knitting and still enjoys watching sport on the television.
Lesly Ann said, “She enjoys all sports – cricket, hockey and anything you can think of. Although she has never been keen on rugby.
“She also loves animals and had dogs all her life.”
Lesley Ann and Roy explained her secret to longevity was chocolate.
Roy said, “She has always had a sweet tooth.”
Mrs White had two surprise parties. Mayor of Eastbourne Cllr Mike Thompson attended one of the parties and congratulated Mrs White on reaching 104.
Mrs White shared her birthday with another resident Marie Jacobs who was 82 on the same day. Marie is a twin and her sister Ena Moore visited the Vintry to celebrate.