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Ena's still on song at 100

PUBLISHED: 14:28 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:01 11 August 2010

A FORMER teenage singing sensation has celebrated her 100th birthday. Ena Martin, from Chaplin Road, Dagenham, has lived in the borough for almost 75 years and reached her centenary on Tuesday, March 25. But at the age of 18 she was a well-known singer in

A FORMER teenage singing sensation has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Ena Martin, from Chaplin Road, Dagenham, has lived in the borough for almost 75 years and reached her centenary on Tuesday, March 25.

But at the age of 18 she was a well-known singer in Canning Town, performing at the Bridge House Pub and Canning Town Cinema.

This week she celebrated her birthday with a party at Dagenham and Redbridge FC with more than 150 friends and family attending the bash.

Mother of 10, Mrs Martin said: "I have been looking forward to my birthday and receiving a telegram from the queen. Not many people have get them do they so it's nice."

In the year Mrs Martin was born Robert-Baden Powell began the boy scout movement, Henry Ford produced his first Model T car and western bandits Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid were killed in Bolivia.

Mrs Martin puts her secret of long life down to hard work and says she has struggled through difficult times as well as enjoying the easier times.

She now has 17 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.

Christine Grover, one of her six daughters, said: "Mum is a lovely caring person. She is a typical Eastender who has a kind heart. We all want to wish her the happiest of birthdays and say that we all love her lots.

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