IT WAS two days early, but it was too good an opportunity for the friends of Sue Joriman to miss to mark her centenary.
The 99-year-old, who is also known as Dorris, was surprised with cake and flowers at her monthly meeting with the Post Office and BT Veterans Organisation.
The club meet on the first Tuesday of every month at Cosham Community Centre and decided it would be the perfect opportunity to surprise Sue with a birthday cake, presents and cards.
After their meeting, they all sang happy birthday while the cake was presented.
Her niece and nephew were also invited along to join in with the celebrations.
Katie Shepherd, from Bognor, said: ‘She loved the cake and she was extremely surprised.
‘Ken from the club thought it would be a nice idea to celebrate her birthday so he invited us down as well.
‘Although Sue never had children, she has lots of nieces and nephews in the area and we will be coming together to celebrate her 100th on Thursday.
‘She’s been a bit ill recently so the occasion has been a tad overwhelming for her but she’s definitely looking forward to it.’
Sue, who now lives in Southsea, was born in Chichester but moved to Portsmouth when she was 15-years-old.
Since then, she has moved to and from Chichester before settling in Evans Street.
Sue worked as a female engineer for four years during the Second World War and then worked for BT for 30 years.
Now, she is just looking forward to turning 100.
She said: ‘Thursday will be good day. My niece and nephew are taking me out for lunch which will be lovely.
‘But it was nice surprise by the club and I liked my flowers and cake.
‘I enjoy coming here every month and I have been doing so for 40 years so we are all close friends and its nice to celebrate with them.’