ONE HUNDRED is just a number, according to Elsa Stone.

But it is an impressive number to some, when that is the amount of candles you should have on your birthday cake.

Elsa celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday surrounded by family and friends, reading her special letters and cards from the Queen and other dignitaries.

Still singing in the church choir, Elsa said it was her interest in different things that kept her going.

"Just keep moving," Elsa said, as one of her tips for a long life.

And looking at her weekly schedule, even her son Hal admits he needs to fit in time around her other commitments.

Choir practice, bowls, church, Bluecare visits and shopping are just some things that keep her busy.

Regular contact with family and friends and getting involved, rather than just being an observer, are other motivators for Elsa to enjoy life.

Despite macular degeneration causing her to be "a bit blind", Elsa is determined she is not going to live her life idly, which has been an inspiration to everyone she knows.

But it was how she arrived at her party yesterday that had most people talking.

Taking the scenic route. Elsa arrived in grand style in the sidecar of a 1944 Indian Chief motorcycle.

Owner of the bike, Peter Jongedyk said he had pulled the bike apart a while ago to fix a few things but made sure it was back on the road to take Elsa for a spin on her special day.

The Range and Ski Gardens were on their travels, as well as a special trip past her old home in Wentworth Tce.

"She had the Indian grin, a big smile on her face," Peter said.



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