Potters Bar dancing queen celebrates turning 103 years old

Eileen's birthday. Picture: Supplied.

Eileen's birthday. Picture: Supplied.

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A 103-year-old Potters Bar woman has put her long life down to doing her passion for dancing.

Eileen's birthday. Picture: Supplied.Eileen's birthday. Picture: Supplied.

Harts School of Dance from Goffs Academy joined the 103rd birthday celebration of Cuffley Manor Care Home resident Eileen Hayes.

Eileen was a ballet teacher all her life until she was 90 years old. She started dancing when she was four.

The 103-year-old said: “I’ve had a wonderful life and was really happy when I was able to dance. It was lovely to see girls performing and as a teacher I was looking at their feet, to make sure they are dancing the way they should be.”

When she was asked what the secret of her long life was, she said: “I have never really liked alcohol and danced all my life.

Eileen's birthday. Picture: Supplied.Eileen's birthday. Picture: Supplied.

“Once you find the passion of what you do, then the life is not that boring and long as it may look.”

A spokeswoman for the home said: “We wish Eileen health and happiness and many more years to come.”

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