Poplar woman celebrates her 100th birthday and remembers back to the Queen’s Coronation street party

A Poplar woman celebrated 100 years of age and counting on Wednesday and ahead of this year’s wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, remembered another Royal party 57 years ago.

Ellen Hurley who lives in Silk Court nursing home in Ivimey Street, Bethnal Green celebrated her centenary year with around 30 friends and family, including birthday cake, champagne and a buffet.

Ellen, who was born in Arcadia Street, Poplar in 1911, said: “I’m looking forward to receiving my telegram from the Queen.

“I can remember her coronation in 1953.

“We had a big street party with jelly & ice cream and all the neighbours got together and organised it.”


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A true East End girl,she was married in 1936 at St Mary’s and St Joseph’s church in Canton Street, Poplar and spent 55 happy years with her husband Dan before he died in 1991.

She said: “My most positive memory in my life so far was the day I married Dan. It was the best day of my life.

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“The secret to a long life is having love and happiness.

“When I was four, I can remember my dad coming home on leave from the First World War with a doll for me.

“After a couple of weeks he had to go back.”

The only sister of 8 brothers who have all since died, she worked as a machinist before retiring and also lived in Tracy House, Mile End Road before moving to Silk Court.

Silk Court’s manager Marcia Forsythe said “Mrs Hurley is a lovely person.

“She always likes to take part in the activities in the home.

“Her favourite activities are listening to music and ball games.”

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