A FIELDWAY resident who reached her century last Saturday (October 4) has "never" been ill in her life.
Iris Deadman marked turning 100 with a special party attended by relatives and neighbours.
Mrs Deadman lives alone in a flat in Fieldway and still does all of her own shopping, laundry and housework.
She claims to have never been ill during her long life, which she puts down to "the luck of the draw".
And longevity must run in the family as her older brother Percy died earlier this year aged 102, while her sister Eileen, 91, lives in Canada.
She moved to the New Addington estate from Upper Norwood when it was being built in the 1950s with her husband Bob, who was a London Transport wages clerk for 51 years.
Unfortunately, Mr Deadman died 34 years ago.
Mrs Deadman, daughter of a former Mayor of Battersea, was also sister to former New Addington councillor and Croydon magistrate Arthur Edwards.
An early member of the New Addington Women's Social Club, she lived with her husband in a cottage in Addington Village for many years and has one daughter and two stepsons, with three grandchildren and five great-grandchilren.