Alice enjoys her 100th birthday in Topsham

PUBLISHED: 01:01 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:50 10 June 2010

ALICE Murphy, one of Topsham's oldest residents and certainly the town's oldest Girl Guide, has celebrated her 100th birthday. She marked the day with a celebration and cake at her home in Nelson Close, surrounded by family and friends. She has lived in t

ALICE Murphy, one of Topsham's oldest residents and certainly the town's oldest Girl Guide, has celebrated her 100th birthday.She marked the day with a celebration and cake at her home in Nelson Close, surrounded by family and friends.She has lived in the town all her life, brought up by another family in North Street, and for many years worked as a housekeeper.She talked about the many changes she has seen in the town over the last century and said: "I liked the old Topsham better. "Everyone knew everyone else, and it was very friendly and a much quieter place - there was not so much traffic around."You would have difficulty crossing the road today when, in my day, all you had to watch out for was the occasional horse and cart passing by."Life was a lot slower and more easy going back then; everyone watched out for everyone else."Miss Murphy donated her guiding badge to the local troop for it to be presented to its youngest member.The party was organised by Miss Murphy's niece, Sonya Blatchford, who said: "She did not want too big a fuss made about it so it was just a small get-together."She is partially sighted, a bit deaf and has a little arthritis but she is still very bright and able to live on her own and look after herself, although I do her shopping for her."As well as being a very keen member of the Girl Guides, she has also been a member of the Conservative Party most of her life."She got a letter from David Cameron to congratulate her - but she doesn't actually know who he is."Now, if it was Margaret Thatcher she would have no problem at all.

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