Great grandmother Audrey Dormon was the toast of a Mudeford care home when she celebrated her 101st birthday.
Audrey was the first resident at Colten Care’s Avon Reach home 20 years ago.
Born in North London, Audrey was the youngest of five children. Regarded as ‘the sporty one’, she excelled at tennis, golf and skiing.
Through sport, she met Graham when she was 14, and the couple married in 1937. They were together for 49 years until Graham passed away in 1986.
An accomplished seamstress and cook, Audrey also taught dancing at a school in London.
After the Second World War, Audrey travelled extensively in Africa with Graham who worked as an engineer with Kenya Railways.
The couple lived in eight homes in 16 years in Africa, eventually retiring in 1962 when they returned to England and set up home in Highcliffe.
As well as her daughter Ann, Audrey has two grandchildren, Tony and Jackie, and three great grandchildren Henry, Sophie and Lucy.
Staff at Avon Reach marked Audrey’s birthday by presenting her with a specially baked cake in the shape of ‘101.’ They also toasted her with champagne.
Ruth Wildman, Home Manager, said: “Audrey is a very popular resident and thoroughly enjoyed her birthday celebrations.”