Eastbourne resident celebrates 100th birthday

Joyce Atter-Freer celebrates her 100th birthday (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-191209-101427008
Joyce Atter-Freer celebrates her 100th birthday (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-191209-101427008

A resident at the Hawthorns Retirement Home in Eastbourne celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday (September 11).

Joyce Atter-Freer, originally from London, was joined by family who had travelled from all over the country to celebrate the special occasion.

Joyce Atter-Freer celebrates her 100th birthday (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-191209-101528008

Joyce Atter-Freer celebrates her 100th birthday (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-191209-101528008

Joyce said, “My secret to a long life is having a good sense of humour, being able to laugh at all your weaknesses, all the things that happen to you later in life and all the surprises.”

The former seamstress and sex counsellor said she moved to Eastbourne four years ago after living around the world in places such as New Zealand and Australia.

Joyce said, “I have had a wonderful life, I wouldn’t change it. I have lots and lots of happy memories. I guess I have just been lucky.”

Joyce said one of her happiest memories was marrying a former member of parliament with whom she use to have “lots of debates” with.

Joyce Atter-Freer celebrates her 100th birthday (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-191209-101312008

Joyce Atter-Freer celebrates her 100th birthday (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-191209-101312008

Linda Moore, 77, Joyce’s niece from Ashford, said, “When I was about 14 my aunty Joyce was a seamstress and had a boutique in Lee-on-the-Solent. She used to make clothes for my mum and everybody else and we used to have lovely times with her.

“Joyce is a happy, very, very sweet lady. She is just lovely.”

Joyce Atter-Freer celebrates her 100th birthday (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-191209-101330008

Joyce Atter-Freer celebrates her 100th birthday (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-191209-101330008

Joyce Atter-Freer celebrates her 100th birthday (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-191209-101708008

Joyce Atter-Freer celebrates her 100th birthday (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-191209-101708008