100th birthday party

Dorothy Burcham with Alan Roberts
Dorothy Burcham with Alan Roberts

A GREAT-grandmother threw a party for her family and friends to mark her 100th birthday.

Dorothy Burcham, of Sheerwater Crescent, reached her milestone year on Friday and received a card from the Queen, as well as a visit from deputy mayor Councillor Alan Roberts.

The pensioner also hosted a party at Bannatyne’s in Battle Road, St Leonards on Sunday.

Mrs Burcham was born in Kingston, Surrey, and was one of seven children. She had a twin sister called Rose, who died aged 80.

She moved to Lambeth in south London when she was three before moving to Worcester Park in Surrey.

Mrs Burcham married her husband, William, in Lambeth in August 1933.

During her working life she became a seamstress after leaving school before working in a printing press in London with her twin sister.

The couple moved to Sheerwater Crescent in 1970 and had two children.

Mrs Burcham’s husband died in 1972 aged 72.

The pensioner has five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.