Dancing grandmother raising money for NHS celebrates 100th birthday

Grandmother who’s been dancing since the age of three and who’s been doing six dance workouts a week to raise money for the NHS celebrates her 100th birthday

  • Dinkie Flowers, from Shoreham on Sea, has been dancing since the age of three
  • Travelled world to showcase skills and even danced in front of Iraqi Royal Family 
  • Now, she runs keep fit lessons and dances every day to raise money for NHS 
  • The widow and grandmother-of-three is now celebrating her 100th birthday  

A former pro dancer who has been running keep fit lessons and dancing every day to raise money for the NHS is celebrating her 100th birthday today. 

Grandmother-of-four Dinkie Flowers from Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, who has been dancing since the age of three, is marking the three figure milestone with her regular exercise routine – as well as a card from the Queen.  

The mother-of-one travelled the world to showcase her skills – including Baghdad to dance in front of the Iraqi Royal Family.

She still runs dancing classes from her garage three times a week – but had to wind down due to the pandemic.  

But she turns 100 today and did her usual dance – and has so far raised over £1,800 for the NHS.

Dinkie Flowers, from Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, is celebrating her 100th birthday today – and has been dancing since the age of three. Pictured, during her lifetime of dancing

The mother-of-one has travelled the world to showcase her skills – including Baghdad to dance in front of the Iraqi Royal Family. Pictured, during her lifetime of dancing

The grandmother-of-four, who has been dancing since the age of three, is marking the three figure milestone with her regular exercise routine – as well as a card from the Queen.

The widow, whose NHS fundraiser was set up by a friend, said: ‘Everybody says to me – what would you like to do if you could start all over again? I’ve always said this is what I’d do, I wouldn’t change a thing.’  

Dinkie has been teaching dance and keep fit classes right up until the first lockdown.  

And up until her 100th birthday today – she’s been doing three 45 minute keep fit sessions and three 20 minute walks a week – to raise money for the NHS Charities Together.

Sprightly dancer Dinkie added: ‘I love it. I love dancing. I hate telling people [when they ask] ‘how old are you Dinkie’?

The grandmother-of-four has been dancing since the age of three. Pictured, at the start of her dancing career

Dinkie learnt her skills at London’s Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. Pictured, during her lifetime of dancing

 After falling in love with ice skating (pictured), Dinkie also went on to skate and dance all over the world

‘What the hell does it matter how old I am? I’m still living and I’m still going strong. It doesn’t matter whether I’m 30 or 100!

‘I’m a terror for work. I don’t work because I like it. I work because I love it. I think the thing is, not to sit on your bum all day. Do things. I have never stopped.

‘Ballet, tap modern, demi character, all of it. I’ve been all over the world dancing. I think anyone can dance, even if it’s only a little. It gives you the world of good for one thing. Your using your body.

‘I mean, how does anybody expect in this world, to have a good body, walk well, feel well, if they’re not doing anything? It’s impossible.’

Dinkie went on to marry husband George, who managed the famous Raymond Revuebar in London. He died in 2005, Pictured, together 


Dinkie said it doesn’t matter whether she’s ’30 or 100′ – she’s ‘still going strong.’ Pictured, left and right, during her lifetime of dancing

The sprightly dancer said it’s important ‘not to sit on your bum all day’ – adding she has ‘never stopped.’ Pictured, during her lifetime of dancing


Dinkie explained that she has done everything from ‘ballet, tap modern, demi character, all of it’. Pictured, left and right, during her lifetime of dancing

Her friend Lesley added: ‘She’s so amazing – there can’t be many people who are 100 and can do what she does.

‘She’s on the floor running on the spot it’s incredible. Her posture is amazing – she can do anything I can do.

‘She’s also had an amazing life.’ 

The sprightly dancer said it’s impossible’ for people to ‘have a good body’ and ‘feel well’ if they’re not doing anything. Pictured, during her lifetime of dancing

The grandmother-of-four even performed for Prince Philip at an Ice Gala in 1952 for which she received a royal letter of thanks. Pictured, ice skating

Dinkie learnt her skills at London’s Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

After falling in love with ice skating, she also went on to skate and dance all over the world.

She even performing for Prince Philip at an Ice Gala in 1952 for which she received a royal letter of thanks.

Through the British embassy – Dinkie also travelled to Iraq to teach the royal family ice skating – but miscommunication nearly resulted in the dancer being forced to stay.

Through the British embassy – Dinkie also travelled to Iraq to teach the royal family ice skating (pictured) – but miscommunication nearly resulted in the dancer being forced to stay

Dinkie’s friend Lesley said she’s amazing.’ Pictured, the sprightly dancer during her lifetime of dancing

Dinkie has been teaching dance and keep fit classes right up until the first lockdown. Pictured, during her lifetime of dancing 

Lesley said: ‘They wanted to teach them (Iraqi royal family) about refrigeration.

‘Dinkie was one of the leading people – and they built an ice rink for the royal family In Iraq.

‘Dinkie taught the prince and was there for a few months.

‘When it was time to go – some sheikh who bought the rink thought she came with it!

‘He thought he’d bought the rink and that he’d also have her.’

And up until her 100th birthday today – she’s been doing three 45 minute keep fit sessions and three 20 minute walks a week – to raise money for the NHS Charities Together

At just 98 years young Dinkie made her TV debut tap dancing her way through the auditions to appear on The Greatest Dancer.

Dinkie went on to marry husband George, who managed the famous Raymond Revuebar in London.

He died in 2005. The couple had a daughter Sarah and four grandchildren.

A link to Dinkie’s fundraiser can be found here.

The 100-year-old has said she ‘wouldn’t change a thing’ about her remarkable life (pictured today celebrating her birthday) 

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