Lack of veg didn’t do centenarian any harm

Alice Banham turns 100.  Pictured with daughter Pat Hilliard and son Brian Banham.
Alice Banham turns 100. Pictured with daughter Pat Hilliard and son Brian Banham.
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A DECEPTIVELY young looking Fornham House resident turned 100 on Tuesday, despite being averse to eating vegetables all of her life.

“They’re dirty old things, grown out the ground,” said Alice Banham, who has always favoured sweets and chocolate.

The mother-of-two, who was born in Lawshall but spent most of her life living in and around Bury St Edmunds, is proud to be ‘the oldest lady at Fornham House’, in Fornham St Martin, where she has lived for five years, and boasts that her hearing is so good she ‘can hear a fly crawl up a window’.

To celebrate her centenary, her son Brian Banham, 70, and daughter Pat Hilliard, 74, took her to lunch at The Woolpack, where around 20 of her closest friends and family gathered to surprise her, joining in with the festivities.

“It is special but I didn’t want a fuss,” said the former Risbygate Street housekeeper, whose birthday took many of her fellow residents by surprise.

“I don’t tell anybody how old I am,” she said.

“It was fantastic, we don’t get the chance to celebrate like that very often,” said Mrs Hilliard.

“I thought she would have been exhausted after but she said she wasn’t at all tired and thoroughly enjoyed it,” she added.