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Celebrating the community’s centenarians! 100-second interview: Pearl Slater, 103

Former Weight Watcher lecturer gives pearls of wisdom on the secret to a long-life and her happiest memories

Left: Pearl on her 103rd birthday. Right: Young mum Pearl with her first daughter, Joy
Left: Pearl on her 103rd birthday. Right: Young mum Pearl with her first daughter, Joy

Meet Pearl Slater, aged 103!

Place of birth:

Whitechapel, London.

Where do you live and how long have you lived there? Where did you live before?

I’ve lived in Young Court in Willesden Green for 21 years. Before that I lived in Bournemouth.

What was your occupation before retirement?

Weight Watcher lecturer.

Were/are you married? If so for how long? To whom?

I was married to Albert for 14 years. Sadly, he passed away.

Do you have children, grandchildren,  great-grandchildren ?

I have two daughters, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

What’s your happiest memory?

When my first daughter, Joy, was born. It was so exciting.

Young mum Pearl with her first daughter, Joy

What do you consider your proudest achievement?

Opening my first Weight Watcher class in in Hackney. It was crowded and very rewarding.

If you could live life again would you do anything differently?

I would like to have travelled the world more. There are so many places I haven’t seen.

Pearl celebrating her 103rd birthday

What’s your advice to young people?

I wouldn’t advise younger people because they think they know better and they need to make their own mistakes and learn from them.

The secret to a long life is…

Not overdoing anything!

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