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Centenarian shares her secret to a long and happy life in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 14:33 26 February 2016 | UPDATED: 14:33 26 February 2016

Daisy Logan celebrating her 100th birthday at Chadwell Heath Residential Care Home with her family

Daisy Logan celebrating her 100th birthday at Chadwell Heath Residential Care Home with her family

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A woman who celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday has shared her secret to a long and happy life.

Daisy Logan celebrating her 100th birthday at Chadwell Heath Residential Care Home with the Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Barbara WhiteDaisy Logan celebrating her 100th birthday at Chadwell Heath Residential Care Home with the Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Barbara White

Daisy Logan who lives in a care home in Chadwell Heath Lane, Chadwell Heath, marked the milestone surrounded by friends, family and Redbridge Mayor Cllr Barbara White

Born in the middle of the First World War to Albert and Daisy Harris in Ilford in 1916, the centenarian says activity is her special ingredient.

“My secret has always been keeping as fit as possible and always trying to get out every day, whether it’s for a walk or travelling into London by bus or tube,” said Daisy.

Daisy’s father, a baker, was serving in the war at the time of her birth.

Daisy Logan, as a young child with her mother. Photo: Sophie Middleton/Sanctuary CareDaisy Logan, as a young child with her mother. Photo: Sophie Middleton/Sanctuary Care

He sadly lost his life when Daisy was only 21 months old, leaving his wife widowed at 28.

After many years, Daisy finally located her father’s grave in France just 10 years ago.

“I was so pleased to finally locate where my father had been laid to rest,” said Daisy.

“I was searching for as long as I could remember and managed to find the information I needed thanks to the internet.

Daisy Logan, in her late twenties with her children, Keith and Warren. Photo: Sophie Middleton/Sanctuary CareDaisy Logan, in her late twenties with her children, Keith and Warren. Photo: Sophie Middleton/Sanctuary Care

“It was such an overwhelming feeling.”

Shortly after completing school, Daisy began work as an usherette where she crossed paths with her future husband, Les Logan, a band leader, at work during a ballroom function in 1933, aged 17.

The pair started a family in Barkingside and had three children, Warren, who died in 2008, Keith and Jacqueline.

Daisy’s family has blossomed into four generations including seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

That was the year that was 1916

The year 1916 saw many notable events:

Monarch George V ruled the nation

The last British troops were evacuated from Gallipoli after its famous battle

German Zeppelin’s raid the West Midlands

More than one million soldiers die at the Battle of the Somme

Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien marries Edith Bratt at St Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church, Warwick.

HMS Hampshire sinks with Lord Kitchener on board

Future prime ministers Harold Wilson (Lab) and Edward Heath (Cons) were born

Daughter Jacqui said: “It’s fantastic to celebrate such a milestone birthday with mum.

“Over the years, she has done so much for me and the rest of the family and is was always there for everyone and is a wonderful mother.

“I will always be proud of her.”

Nasreen Akhtar, deputy manager at Sanctuary Care home, said: “We are so proud of Daisy.

“She is such a strong-willed lady and is an inspiration to us all. We are so happy to be celebrating her special day with her.”


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