Your News: Ethel celebrates 100 years

Streatham Guardian: Ethel with Lambeth Mayor Mark Bennett and Pearly King of Bow Bells Harry Mayhead Ethel with Lambeth Mayor Mark Bennett and Pearly King of Bow Bells Harry Mayhead

Dulwich Care Centre resident Ethel Vallance celebrated her 100th birthday last Friday (November 22) as guest of honour at a special birthday party organised by the Knollys Road home for family, friends and staff.

Lambeth Mayor Cllr Mark Bennett also joined the festivities and Ethel received a special congratulatory message from Her Majesty The Queen and Iain Duncan-Smith MP.

Originally from Battersea, Ethel moved to Lambeth in her latter years. She married Joseph in the 1930s and they went on to have three children, all of whom are devoted to Ethel. During the Second World War she moved out to the relatively peaceful surroundings of Norfolk and has fond memories of her time there.

For many years, Ethel worked in the clothing department at Peter Jones, Sloane Square. Her passion was dancing and she cut a fine foxtrot. Her family was the centre of her world and it remains so today.

The surprise of the day was an appearance by Harry Mayhead, the Pearly King of Bow Bells, still doing the ‘Lambeth Walk’. The afternoon culminated in a sparkling firework display and Ethel released 100 balloons into the autumn night air.

 

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