Former dress maker and long time south-east Londoner, Elsie Pegram, is celebrating a major milestone as she prepares to turn 106-years-old later this week.

The centenarian, born on May 19, 1913, will be celebrating with family, friends and staff at Bupa The Sidcup nursing home looking to share the magnificent occasion with her.

Born in Eltham, Elsie grew up in south-east London where she holds many precious memories throughout her life, with the most memorable moments surrounding her family and her childhood.

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Reflecting on her life, Elsie said: "I have so many memories - I’ve lived through two World Wars and several royal weddings and events.

"My favourite ones are with my family and in my school years, although I have always loved the little things such as bubble baths etc – I still do now.

"I also love reading and always have done. I used to spend so much time socialising with family and friends too, who still visit me regularly at my home and take me out for lunches.

When asked for her advice on living a long, happy life, the local lady said: "Just enjoy yourself as much as possible and try to find some humour in your everyday life. Joy and laughter are what keeps you young."

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Elsie Pegram, 106, from Eltham

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Elsie now enjoys socialising with family, friends and staff at the home, and loves to have a good laugh with everyone.

"I enjoy getting my hair done every week, joining in on the activities at the home and watching a spot of TV in the lounge or in my room".

General Manager, Mary Soriano, said: "It’s always great fun celebrating residents’ birthdays, especially when it’s such a huge milestone.

"We’ve become so close to Elsie over the years – she always has us laughing and has so many amazing stories to tell from her life.

"Elsie is by far the most sociable 106-year-old I’ve ever met!," he said.