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Joyce with balloon, and cake with candles

Joyce Minton, who was born and grew up in North London, celebrated turning 100 at Apthorp Care Centre with a special event attended by The Mayor of Barnet, Councillor David Longstaff and the Mayoress, Councillor Gillian Griffins.

A lover of ballroom dancing, Joyce was treated to a special show from members of Barnet-based Arthur Murray School of dancing, who gave a special performance of the Cha Cha Cha, Joyce’s favourite dance, as well as a short class in honour of the occasion.

Having grown up in Edgware, Joyce trained as a court dressmaker and worked in the West End. She learned to cook during the war as an army chef.

As an avid ballroom dancer, Joyce met her husband David, an accountant, at a dancing school in Golders Green and after they married Joyce went on to work in primary and secondary education as a chef.

Joyce celebrated becoming a centenarian with her friends at Apthorp Care Centre, where she feels very much at home. She also received an honorary message from Her Majesty the Queen.

Commenting on the occasion, Fiona Swynnerton, leisure and lifestyle manager at The Fremantle Trust, said:

“It was such an honour to be part of Joyce’s special day. We were thrilled to enjoy a fantastic performance from local ballroom dancers, who brought back fond memories for Joyce of a dance that is close to her heart.”