Former Oxfam volunteer celebrates centenary milestone

Birthday girl Eve Matthews with daughter Susan Thomson and son-in-law Peter Thomson

Birthday girl Eve Matthews with daughter Susan Thomson and son-in-law Peter Thomson - Credit: Contributed

Eve Matthews who lives at Homemeadows House, Sidmouth celebrated her 100th Birthday last week. 

Eve Matthews turns 100

Eve Matthews turns 100 - Credit: Contributed

Eve was born on September 9, 1921 in Kilburn in London. At the start of World War II she joined the ATS and trained as a Radar Operator.
She was based at Hayling Island tracking German bombers in the skies over Portsmouth, which was heavily bombed as the home base for the British fleet.
It was there that Eve met her husband Eric. They married and had two children, Keith and Susan. 

As Eric then worked for the railways they had free train tickets and Eve enjoyed visits to the museums and sights of London. 

When she first came to Sidmouth, Eve volunteered in the Oxfam Charity shop. Eve still lives independently and keeps up her sharp interest in people and current affairs. Her family and friends joined her to celebrate her 100 years with birthday cake and champagne.

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