"Inspirational" 100-year-old who still lives alone and makes her own clothes says dancing is the key to youth in old age
4:02pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in Penarth news
DANCING is the secret to staying youthful, according to an “inspirational and sensational” 100-year-old regular at the Paget Room Tea Dance in Penarth on Monday afternoons.
Iris Mills celebrated her century with family at home in Llanishen on Friday August 30, but on Monday afternoon (September 2) she marked her birthday at the Paget Rooms with members of the local tea dance association, complete with a fanfare, sparklers and numerous rounds of applause.
A former tailoress and resident of Penarth for more than a decade, Iris was presented with a cake with a photo of her, aged 16.
Association committee member Lynne Bennett described her as a “remarkable individual”.
“She still lives on her own and she makes her own clothes,” said Lynne.
“If she can’t get a lift to the dance from Llanishen she catches the bus, completely on her own.
“She comes on holiday with us a couple of times a year, and still does all the dancers. If we can all be like her it will be marvellous.”
Iris married husband Dolph Mills and had a daughter. She is a grandmother to two boys and a great grandmother to two more.
She called the Paget Rooms dance her life.
“This keeps me going,” she said.
“I am among friends here. Thankyou to everyone for this special occasion.”
The Penarth Paget Rooms Tea Dance, run by John and Shirley Ferris, meets every Monday from 2pm to 4.30pm.