100 Years Old and still Playing Bingo

June 11, 2010 - by Victoria · Filed Under London Bingo News Leave a Comment 

It’s been said that bingo is a game for all ages, and Lydia Clark is living proof of this, as the great-grandmother has just celebrated her 100th birthday with a game of bingo.

To celebrate her centenary birthday she had a family party, and then went to her local bingo club with 50 of her bingo friends. She plays at the day centre at Woodside House, Woodside Park High Road in North London, and her and her friends were joined by Eddie Griffiths, the Major for Haringey. He presented Mrs Clark with a pair of whiskey tumblers, embossed with the Haringey Council logo, and said; “It is a great privilege to see somebody who is not only 100 but an active 100 as well.”

He was referring to the fact that Mrs Clark was still ballroom dancing at 90, for which birthday she celebrated with a trip to the London Eye. She visits the club once a week to catch up with her friends and play bingo. She lost her husband Herbert in 1977 and never re-married. When asked by Councillor Griffiths what had kept her going she replied; “Just accept things and don’t worry about them. And have a glass of sherry now and then when playing internet bingo.”

Mrs Clark, a mother of four, was 29 when the Second World War started, and whilst her husband joined the army she stayed at home with the children. She said; “I met my husband when I was 18, and I liked him because he was with it. I couldn’t work during the war because I had babies. I’ve got a good memory, and I’ve always been positive. I never got depressed.” In later years they ran a newsagents together in Plamers Green, although Mrs Clark is originally from Edmonton.

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