Ethel is still ‘fighting fit’

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A woman who spent her whole life living in Cromford Road, Langely Mill, has just turned 100 and is still fighting fit.

Ethel Pooler has has only ever had one trip to hospital and still goes out clothes shopping with her two daughters.

Ethel said her secret to a long life was avoiding smoking cigarettes and eating eggs.

“Don’t smoke and don’t eat eggs,” she said.

“I also had good parents who taught me good living and I have enjoyed having my family around me.”

Her daughter Lorraine Lee from Kimberley said her mum was ‘as bright as a button’.

“She does all her own cooking and she eats like a horse. She’s as bright as a button. She’s never smoked although she does love a drink of brandy in her tea!

“When she tells people how old she is nobody believes her. Everybody is amazed,” said Lorraine.

“I was so confident about her making it to 100 I actually bought her card 18 months ago! She will go on. She’s nowhere near the end yet.”

Ethel received a card from the Queen and the Secretary of State and celebrated the milestone with a barbecue and buffet for all the family.

Ethel was born in Langley Mill on the June 4, 1918.

She lived on Cromford Road, where her Mum ran a second hand furniture shop.

On leaving school, she worked for Aristoc Hosiery , seaming nylon stockings and progressed there to training new recruits.

At 18 years old she met her future Husband, Harry Pooler. They got married and went on to have two daughters.

She and Harry continued to live on Cromford Road for most of their married life and more eventually moved in to a granny flat at their eldest daughter’s house in Ilkeston.

In the early years, the couple spent many happy holidays at Derbyshire Miners’ Holiday Camp in Skegness, followed, in the 60’s by trips to Newquay in Cornwall.

Eventually they ventured abroad and Ethel particularly enjoyed Benidorm, where she loved the shoe shops on the promenade.

She has two sons-in-law, Alan and Pat, two grandchildren, Craig and Emma and also four great grandchildren, Jake, Maisy, Harrison and Isla.

Ethel would like to thank everyone for their presents, lovely cards and best wishes.