Centenarian Violet Jones had no idea of the surprise in store for her when she celebrated her 100th birthday.
For not only was a party thrown for her but a visitor arrived who had travelled half way round the world to be with her on her special day.
Matthew Jeffers flew not only himself but his wife Elena and two daughters, Abigail and Jessica, all the way from Ormeau, Queensland, Australia, to be at Violet’s birthday party in Cuckfield.
And among the gifts they brought were 100 red roses for Violet to mark her 100 years of health, happiness and long life.
Her son, Barry, 66, said: “Last year Matthew sent Vi a bouquet of 50 red roses on her birthday with a message that he would be there in person to present a 100 roses on her big day.”
Barry, who lives in Woodhall Close, Cuckfield, said the day began with Vi having her hair done at Avon House in Stockcroft Road, Balcombe, where she now lives, followed by Champagne and canapes with the other residents and staff.
She then travelled to Barry’s house for lunch with friends and her family which includes her daughter, Valerie, aged 72, from Buckinghamshire, three grandsons and one granddaughter and four great-grandaughters.
Violet, whose birthday was last Wednesday, November 7, moved into Avon House on September 28 this year after living in Kenley, Surrey, for 48 years.
Prior to that she lived mainly in Kensal Rise, North West London. She was married in 1936 to Tom who passed away in 1993.