Com­mu­nity plans cel­e­bra­tion for 100th birth­day on Armistice Day

Yorkshire Post - - ARMISTICE 100 -

A WOMAN whose mid­dle name is Armistice is cel­e­brat­ing her 100th birth­day on the cen­te­nary of the end of the First World War.

Hun­dreds of well-wish­ers have sent cards to Dilys Armistice Fox af­ter staff at her Sal­va­tion Army care home in West Sus­sex, were con­cerned that her birth­day would go un­marked be­cause she only has two el­derly rel­a­tives.

Mrs Fox, who grew up in Caer­philly, Wales be­fore mov­ing to Lon­don, pro­fessed to be­ing over­whelmed. “I didn’t ex­pect any of this,” she said.

Re­fer­ring to her mid­dle name, she added: “I didn’t take much no­tice of it, to tell you the truth, un­til a few years ago when it dawned on me. It’s just a name to me.”

She said the se­cret to her long life had been in­de­pen­dence and hon­esty.

“I am in­de­pen­dent, very in­de­pen­dent. I al­ways get up be­fore 6am and I make my own bed, get washed and dressed,” she said.

The great­est changes in so­ci­ety in her life­time had been tele­vi­sion and the cre­ation of the NHS, she added.

Re­call­ing watch­ing the Queen’s coro­na­tion in 1953, she said: “No­body had a tele­vi­sion – we had to share it. I think it has changed the world.”

Mrs Fox was a chil­dren’s nanny for all of her work­ing life. She mar­ried Henry Fox, who vol­un­teered in the RAF dur­ing the Sec­ond World War and went on to be­come head gar­dener on the Wind­sor Great Park es­tate.

Her lo­cal com­mu­nity is plan­ning to mark her birth­day to­mor­row by di­vert­ing its re­mem­brance pa­rade to her care home in or­der to sing

Chil­dren at a nearby school have set up a club to send birth­day cards to el­derly res­i­dents.

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