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Family and friends celebrate Ellen's 100th birthday at Appletree Court Care Home, in Burnt Oak
A “very special” centenarian raised a glass of brandy with family and friends as she celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday.
Ellen Mellish, known as Auntie Nel to her loving family, marked the landmark occasion with a special party at the Appletree Court Care Home in Burnt Oak Broadway.
The former seamstress worked at Fortnum and Mason’s central London department store for more than 20 years.
As well as a telegram from Her Majesty the Queen, the bubbly pensioner was sent a special celebratory hamper from her former employers.
Surrounded by friends, family and care home staff on Friday afternoon, Ellen revealed the secret to her long life has been a regular glass of her favourite tipple – brandy.
On reaching the milestone, she said: “It is surprising to think you would ever get to 100. It was so nice to get a telegram from the Queen and it’s lovely to have all of my family here together.
“I’ll be looking forward to a bit of a party this afternoon and hopefully having a little dance.”
Ellen is one of three children, including her twin brother Joe, who was killed in the Second World War.
She worked making tins for the forces during war and later lived in Queens Park, Willesden and Dollis Hill.
Along with her late husband George, Ellen travelled the world on several cruises that the couple took every year.
Her love of gardening could be another reason for her incredible longevity, having always enjoyed the outdoors, particularly the trees and flowers.
Although she never had children, Ellen has always remained close with her wider family and dozens turned out to join the celebrations on Friday.
her niece Valerie Harlow said: “It is a unique occasion. She’s a very special lady and always has been. She’s kind and considerate and a role model to all of us - we’re so thrilled for her.”