One of the UK’s oldest women has revealed the secret to a long life as she gears up to celebrate her 102nd birthday.
Dinkie Flowers will turn 102 this May. The mother-of-one was born in 1921, just three years after the end of the first world war.
She has lived through 21 prime ministers and when she was born, George V was on the throne – meaning she's lived through the reign of five monarchs.
Now, Flowers has revealed the key to her longevity – and says it’s down to sunshine and dancing.
“Dancing has helped keep me healthy, everyone should do something, they shouldn’t be on their bottom all day,” Flowers explains.
“I’ll do a little bit of dancing, I can’t stop dancing you see – if my friends would like to dance, they can join in, but they might feel a bit stupid as it’s not just ordinary dancing, you have to know what you’re doing.
“I recommend dancing and moving to stay fit and healthy, not sitting down all day, I couldn’t do that – dancing keeps you alive and dancing and being in the sun makes me happy.”
Flowers is a former pro-dancer and was the first British acrobatic skater – and has travelled the world demonstrating her incredible skills, including performing in Baghdad and in front of Prince Phillip.
Ahead of her 102nd birthday, Flowers hopes to raise money for a local charity The Gateway Hub, who provide support to the local community and is looking forward to celebrating the day with a tea party organised by her carer Lesley.
“Dancing is my life, I love it,” Flowers says, “I’m raising the money for charity because it’s a local charity and I like to do it.”
You can find more information about Flower’s fundraising efforts here: justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dinkie-flowers
Additional reporting by SWNS.
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