SURROUNDED by family, it was a 100th birthday to remember for an Aldwick resident.
Dorothy Carpenter celebrated reaching her century last Saturday.
It was a wonderful day for Mrs Carpenter, known by family and friends as Babs.
Her son Roger said: “Mum’s name is Dorothy, but when she was younger she talked so much her grandmother said she babbled, so she nicknamed her Babs and it just stuck.
“Everyone knows her as Babs.”
Mrs Carpenter grew up in Brixton and met and married her husband Cecil there on July 16, 1939.
The couple then moved to Greenford before Chichester where they ran a fish and chip shop.
The family relocated to North End in Portsmouth and set up a grocery shop.
The couple then retired to Hunston, near Chichester.
Mrs Carpenter lived there for some 40 years where she was an active member of the Women’s Institute and also enjoyed bowls.
She moved into Autumn Lodge in Aldwick Road some four years ago and enjoys living at the home.
So what is the secret to such a long life?
A healthy lifestyle, enjoying life and the odd glass of sherry, according to Mrs Carpenter.
Mrs Carpenter has two grandsons, Steven and Derek, and two great-grandchildren, Sophie and Sam.