Happy 100 for Elvie

A TON OF FUN: Elvie England flanked by daughter in law Vicki and son Frank along with friends and family at the high tea for her 100th birthday last Friday. PHOTO: Brad Worrall

ELVIE England survived a Japanese concentration camp in WWII and the communist takeover of China to celebrate her 100th birthday on Black Friday.

But her son Frank believes it may have been the fact that she never drove that contributed to her longevity.

“Mum never drank, never smoked and never got behind the wheel of a car,” he said at a high tea for Mrs England at the Myrtleford Lodge at the end of last week.

“Dad and mum both spent 2½ years in a prisoner of war camp in China when the Japanese invaded and I was born almost nine months to the day they were released.

“Then we were on the last plane out of Shanghai when Mao took control of China in 1948.

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