Happy 100th: Three generations at birthday bash

2009-06-19 00:00

ONE hundred not out. Frances Watling celebrated her one-hundredth birthday with three generations of her family at Azalea Gardens yesterday.

“I feel happy to have reached a hundred,” she said. “I’ve lived a happy life.”

Asked how she felt, she quipped, “I feel a hundred.”

Mrs Watling described marrying her “loving” husband as being the best experience she’s ever had in her long life.

Asked if she was proud to have reached a hundred, she said: “I have no choice.

“You feel no different than when you’re at a younger age,” she said. “It’s just that the body doesn’t function as well.

“You must all aspire to reach 100 as you can have a huge fuss made about you,” she added.

Celebrating the day with her were three of her children, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren who had come from all over the country.

“We feel old,” said her son David Watling.

Her great-grandson, Alistair Smith (26), added that he was awestruck and proud to be present at the celebration. “She’s outlived a lot of people in the family,” he said.

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