I'm aiming to reach 200, says centenarian Flo

March 27 2018

Bunting, streamers, a singer and afternoon tea and cake were laid out in honour of Florence Griffiths (Flo) who celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends.

Bunting, streamers, a singer and afternoon tea and cake were laid out in honour of Florence Griffiths (Flo)  who celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends.

The very special birthday party marked the day for Flo on Friday 16 March at Studland Court retirement home on Henleaze Road. The lively centenarian was only too happy to join singer Peter Capel for a dance and said: “I’m hoping for another card from the Queen when I’m 200 years old.” 

Born in Clapton, East London, Flo worked as a telephonist for the General Post Office's first telephone exchange at the Faraday buildings near St Paul’s Cathedral during the war. She remembers sleeping under the citadel during the London Blitz and later working as an ATS member in Wales, a place that she has always loved.

After the war, Flo married in 1946 and had a child, David, now aged 68. She was widowed in 1972 but continued living in Tottenham for most of her adult life before moving to Bristol in the year 2000, where she’s lived ever since.

Flo’s memories of life as a child certainly differ to those of modern times: “When I was little I had to buy a sheep's head at the butchers for 8d. My dad had the tongue and the baby would have the brains!” she said.

Her son David was at the party, enjoying the celebrations and said: “All the people who work at Studland Court - the wardens, the repairers and the residents - are fantastic. I’d like to thank them all for this.

“Mum is such fun - we end up laughing together all the time on visits!”