Gorleston centenarian celebrates with a stripper

While most hundred-year -olds mark their milestone with a glass of sherry and a singalong, Frances Daniels celebrated with a strutting stripper.

Proving that you are never too old for a saucy giggle, the centenarian clapped along while 'kissagram copper' Johnny Bravo stripped to his boxer shorts.

Delighted residents at the St Edmunds seaside care home in Gorleston were reportedly stunned when the man they thought was a policeman launched into dance to a hip-hop soundtrack.

The surprise topped off a series of birthday events for Mrs Daniels who was joined by family who had travelled thousands of miles to help her celebrate.

She marked her big day on Friday with a meal at the Cliff Hotel with 28 loved ones, made extra special by a visit from her son Tony, daughter Joan and son-in-law Ken from their homes in Virginia, United States.

And it was the following day, at a celebration in St Edmund's, that she and fellow residents received the surprise of their lives.

Manager at the home, Sue Harvey, said: 'He arrived and gave me a disc of his music that was very different to what had been playing before,' she said. 'When he came walking in the residents wondered what was wrong.

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'Then he started dancing. Frances was really laughing and her family were clapping. I was sitting next to her and she kept saying 'oh, how lovely'. He made a point of dancing around her but he didn't strip off completely.'

She said staff had organised a stripper for two 100-year-olds in the past.

It was just another experience to add to a long list for Frances, who credits staying healthy and old-fashioned food for her long life.

'I never had anything wrong with me until I was 91 and I only went to the hospital for the first time last year. I've never smoked and only drink in company, and I've always loved foods like pea soup, stew and beef pudding.'

One of five siblings, Frances has been married and widowed twice. She worked at The Garibaldi night club and the Ocean Room in Gorleston, where she was manager of a cleaning crew.

To fund visits to her children in America, Frances worked in the summer until she was 80, at a tea stall on Yarmouth sea front.

For Frances, who said she loved where she was, marking 100 years of life with a stripper was just one highlight in a list of many over those few days.

She said: 'I've had a very happy childhood and lifetime and I've got friends and that's always important.

'It's just been a gorgeous week and it's been wonderful. I've had such a happy time and it was so good to see my family.'

Stripper Johnny Bravo who travelled from Hunstanton for the booking added: 'I've done it for an 85-year-old before but not a 100-year-old. I kept it pretty tame and she was a good sport – it was a good gig.'