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Cockney Danny celebrates 101st birthday

PUBLISHED: 15:46 02 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:20 05 October 2010

Danny cuts his 101st birthday cake with wife Flo, 89, on his immediate right, and friends

Danny cuts his 101st birthday cake with wife Flo, 89, on his immediate right, and friends

Carmen Valino

GRANDDAD Danny Chittick celebrated an historical milestone in his life this week... turning 101. East Ender Danny marked his big day with his family and friends with a surprise knees-up at the community centre in Bethnal Green where he lives

By Gemma Collins

GRANDFATHER Danny Chittick marked an historical milestone in his life this week... turning 101.

It seems like only yesterday he celebrated his 100th birthday, but now suddenly finds he's another year older.

East Ender Danny marked his big day with his wife Flo, two children and three grandchildren and friends with a surprise knees-up at the community centre on Bethnal Green's Park View housing estate where he lives.

The retired shoe shop manager was hoping to forget his birthday this year.

But this proved difficult when the Glasshouse community centre threw him the party.

Danny told the East London Advertiser: "It took my breath away when I saw all those people in the centre. I didn't expect them to be there.

"And the party was lovely."

Danny was born in the East End and moved to Wales in 1910 when he was three. He later worked down the mines in Aberystwyth, returning to East London in 1920.

Danny served in the Home Guard for two years in Shoreditch during the Second World War.

But most of his working life was spent running a shoe shop in Islington, which he believes helped him stay fit and avoid any health problems.

"I had to run up and down three flights of stairs with the stock," Danny recalls.

"Running up and down kept me fit.

"But my tip for a long life would be to try and avoid any worry.

"I have had no real worries in my life."

Danny's real passion has always been indoor bowling, which he played for 25 years at Oxford Green Bowls & Social Club in Bethnal Green, winning a string of trophies.

But he had to give it up after a stroke two years ago which affected his walking, and now enjoys playing bingo with his friends.

To Danny, the years have simply flown by.

"I had a big party last year for my 100th birthday," he added. "The next thing I knew I was 101."

gemma.collins@archant.co.uk


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