Search

Wanstead woman celebrates a century after turning 100-years-old

12:00 22 June 2014

Laura Hayward celebrated her 100th birthday

Laura Hayward celebrated her 100th birthday

Archant

A woman was the life of the party as she marked a major milestone by celebrating her 100th birthday earlier this month.

Laura Hayward, with her son Eric, age 68Laura Hayward, with her son Eric, age 68

The new centenarian is Mrs Laura Hayward, of Wanstead, who held a party at the Eagle Lodge, Snaresbrook Road.

The deputy Mayor Cllr Linda Huggett joined Mrs Hayward, her son Mr Eric Hayward and her friends to cut cake and sing songs at the retirement home.

The 100-year-old, who is known to her family as “Cis”, has lived through both World Wars after being born on the outset of the First World War in 1914.

Mrs Hayward’s only child, 68-year-old Eric, said: “She’s the youngest 100-year-old I’ve met, she’s 100-years-old going on 65.”

The 100-year-old bingo-goer left school at 15-years-old to become a court dressmaker, later marrying her late husband Percy Hayward, of Hackney, in 1937.

Mrs Hayward, who revealed how she stayed healthy over the years, said: “I went exercise classes since, well, for 30 odd years, that’s one of the things that’s kept me going, and I have always eaten good food.”

During the Second World War, the Camberwell-born centenarian worked in the Army’s pay offices in Leicester and London.

Her son Eric said: “The thing she’s most proud of is that she didn’t ask for presents, she asked for donations to the British Heart Foundation.”

Mrs Hayward explained why she wanted to donate the BHF, she said: “My husband had a heart attack and my mother died of a heart attack too.”

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 16:42
The council announced plans it will be providing a second new pool in the borough, just weeks after unveiling plans for one at Mayfield School

Plans for a second new public swimming pool in Redbridge have been announced today.

Yesterday, 16:33
Residents at the former Mecca Bingo in Chadwell Heath, previously The Top Rank Club

The proposed swimming pool at Mayfield School has sparked off opposition from some corners of the community, with objectors arguing the council has selected the wrong location.

Yesterday, 15:12
A dog poses in a Christmas outfit after being groomed at Paw-fect

A Christmas grotto with a twist raised hundreds of pounds for charity by hosting a raffle and glamorous photo shoot for dogs last weekend.

Yesterday, 11:46
Barkingside Magistrates Court

A man has been charged with GBH after a 32-year-old was found with serious head injuries in a Seven Kings street.

Most read news

Prices are dropping like nobody’s business – and they’re set to fall further in January.

Cook congratulates employees on one of the biggest year’s in Apple’s history.

A Gogglebox family will have to keep their comments about the week’s TV to themselves from now on.

The online encyclopaedia created a special video showing how the year’s event are linked.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition