Glamorous Elm Park gran reaches 100

A glamorous great-grandmother celebrated her 100th birthday at the weekend surrounded by family and well-wishers.

A room was filled with balloons, tea, cakes, whisky, rum and gin to help Louisa Flowers see out her milestone birthday in style on Sunday.

Louisa was joined by her son Barry, 70, and his wife Christine, as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren and carers at Barley Croft Care Home in Spring Gardens, Romford.

Barry said Louisa, who was once crowned Glamorous Grandmother at Butlins, enjoyed the day, though “It was a bit overpowering after a while.”

She has two grandchildren, Ian, 41, and Anne, 38, and three great-grandchildren - Ian’s daughter Abigail, aged two, and Anne’s children Olivia, nine, and Max, seven.

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“Her face lights up when she sees her great-grandchildren,” said Barry.

Louisa was born March 13 1911, hailing from Bethnal Green before moving to Dagenham, then Deptford in London, before settling in Elm Park, Hornchurch.

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Family-orientated Louisa was married for nearly 50 years to her husband, Tom, who worked for the Daily Express.

Up until the age of 85 she was jetting around the world visiting her late brother Edward in South Africa and travelling to the USA and Europe with Barry.

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