A WOMAN celebrating her 100th birthday was surrounded by her family who are blessed with longevity.
Dorothy Littlejohn turned 100 on Sunday, September 15, and is still sprightly and has sharp opinions on everything.
The centenarian enjoyed the surprise party organised by her sister, Mary Sadler.
Relatives came from as far afield as Canada to wish her a happy birthday.
Dorothy, who is known as ‘Toysie’ by her family, was one of 11 siblings and was born in Fulham.
The family moved to Wembley after briefly living in Hammersmith and the 100-year-old now lives in the Wembley house where her parents spent most of their lives.
Mrs Littlejohn, whose husband Alec died two years ago when he was 99, a few months before their 75th wedding anniversary, still looks after herself and drives.
Her sister Mary said: “She was very, very pretty when she was young – she was absolutely beautiful. She still looks amazing now though as well.
“Her brain is better than any of ours, if you want to know any telephone number she is the one who will know it.
“She can discuss any topic and has written a book about her early life.
“She writes a lot and sends a card to everyone on their birthday with a poem on it.”
The Rowley Close resident had three brothers and seven sisters and she is the oldest of the remaining five sisters, who talk every day on the phone and remain close, even though one of them lives in Canada.
Mrs Littlejohn has two sons – Michael, 70, and David, 62 – six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, many of whom celebrated with her at Grim’s Dyke Hotel, Harrow Weald.
The siblings were named after Dickens characters and a love of the books was passed down from their father.
Mary, who is the baby of the family and will turn 80 this month, added: “She is a fantastic, wonderful, lovely person and very interesting in every way.”