Positive outlook helps Twickenham woman celebrate 105th birthday

This Is Local London: Happy day: More than 40 friends and family helped Mrs Leake celebrate in style Happy day: More than 40 friends and family helped Mrs Leake celebrate in style

A lady who turned 105 this week has said a positive attitude, faith in God and a sense of humour has helped her reached the grand age.

Alice Leake celebrated the milestone at Lynde House Care Home in Twickenham on Saturday, February 2, with a big family party.

Mrs Leake was born in 1908 to a Lincolnshire vicar and was the second child of five.

During the Second World War she spent time in Egypt and South Africa, accompanying a naval officer and his wife to look after their daughter, and also did some war work.

She was a trained needlewoman and taught in many schools, and after getting married she did a lot of work for the Women’s Voluntary Service.

Mrs Leake’s daughter Josephine Hampshire said: “She has always taken an active interest in everything, especially people. She puts her long life down to a positive attitude, faith in God and a sense of humour.”

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