Being 110..? That’s not much different to being 109, says the last first world war veteran in Britain, from King’s Lynn
What's it like to be 110 - not much different to being 109, according to a Norfolk woman who celebrated reaching the incredible milestone over the weekend.
Florence Green is believed to be one of just three surviving veterans of the First World War.
She joined the Women's Royal Air Force shortly before the end of the conflict, in 1918, and worked as a waitress at Marham.
Top brass at the base sent Mrs Green a cake, featuring Marham's bull emblem, to celebrate her birthday, delivered by Flt Lieut Tim Serrell-Cooke.
Modern day personnel asked her about her time in the RAF and the aircrews she worked with at the time.
'It was very nice, it was very pleasant - and they were lovely, not a bit of bother,' she replied. 'They kept us on our toes, there was no slacking.'
In an interview in 2008, she told reporters: 'I would work every hour God sent.
- 1 Norfolk zoo keeper abandoned as a baby reunited with mother in ITV show
- 2 Breakup and burglary! Couple's chaos after £101m win on Euromillions
- 3 Lane of A47 remains shut after serious crash yesterday afternoon
- 4 Queen's Platinum Jubilee flypast rehearses over Norfolk
- 5 Boat users given fines over £16k for breaking rules on Norfolk Broads
- 6 Two Norfolk seaside hotels named among the best in Britain
- 7 Hero boxer rescues man who plunged into river to save dog
- 8 Norfolk couple: 'We’ve lost £30k in cryptocurrency scam'
- 9 Café completely sells out on first week of launching Sunday roasts
- 10 Woman freed from vehicle after car overturns near to shops
'But I had dozens of friends on the base and we had a great deal of fun in our spare time.'
Fewer than one in 1,000 of those who live to be 100 reach the age of 110. Asked how it felt, Mrs Green said: 'Not much different to being 109.'
Mrs Green lives in North Lynn, with her daughter and full-time carer May, who is 89.
She married her husband Walter - a porter at Lynn station - two years after the war. They had three children together, Mr Green passed away in 1970.
While Mrs Green never saw the horrors of war at first hand, her service means she qualifies for veteran status.
Believed to be one of only two surviving British veterans of the conflict, she was identified by researchers studying service records in 2008.
Her fellow survivor Claude Choules, who served in the Royal Navy and now lives in Australia, celebrates his 110th birthday on March 3.
Elsewhere, just one one other veteran is believed to survive. American Frank Buckles, who drove an ambulance in the conflict, turned 110 earlier this month.
As war ended in 1918, Marham aircrews took to their biplanes to launch bombing raids on the nearby base at Narborough, dropping bags of flour.
Today's fast jet pilots and the community around the base have more weighty matters on their minds than a sneak revenge attack by rival squadrons, as ministers decide whether Marham or Lossiemouth should become the main base for the RAF's Tornado force.
Many share Mrs Green's affection for the Norfolk base.
'In many ways, I had the time of my life,' she said.