Sidcup 100th birthday celebration for former reporter

The birthday girl with her daughter Christina.

The birthday girl with her daughter Christina.

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A former reporter has celebrated her 100th birthday with a big bash for family and friends at her Sidcup care home.

Zana Crocker welcomed more than 50 well-wishers to Frognal House for her special day.

The great-grandmother-of-six was born in Brighton and started work on a cycling journal as an apprentice on 60p a week at the age of just 14.

Her daughter Christina Ogilvie, 63, said: "Her advice is all things in moderation and always look forward, don’t look back.

"There is no elixir but I would like to say longevity is in the genes."

Mrs Crocker's favourite singer James Comack entertained partygoers for her celebration on March 11.

The birthday girl said: "I was very excited to receive my telegram from the Queen.

"I want to thank everyone for spending the day with me – I had a fabulous afternoon and a truly special day."

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