100-second interview! This week: David Carroll

100-second interview! This week: David Carroll

We continue our celebration of the community's centenarians, meeting a Brighton-born resident of East Finchley, born in 1918

David at his son's barmitzvah 47 years ago (left) and celebrating his 100th birthday (right)!
David at his son's barmitzvah 47 years ago (left) and celebrating his 100th birthday (right)!

Name: David Carroll

Date of birth: 3 July 1918

Place of birth:  Brighton

Where do you live?  

I have lived in Creighton Avenue, East Finchley, for the past 59 years.

Where did you live before? 

Bond Street, W1.

What was your occupation before retirement?

Menswear retailer.

Were you married, and if so, for how long and to whom?

I’ve been married to Audrey for 63 years.

David at his son’s barmitzvah 47 years ago!

Do you have any children, grandchildren and great grandchildren – and if so, how many?

We have two children, Lewis and Lesley.

What is your happiest memory?

Having our children and enjoying their families.

What do you consider to be your greatest/ proudest achievements?

Getting married.

Who are your heroes of today and yesteryear?

Sir Winston Churchill.

If you were granted one wish to see something in your lifetime, what would it be?

I have always wanted to visit Australia.

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

No, but it would’ve been nice to have missed the Second World War.

Do today’s young people have it easy compared to when you were growing up? 

Young people have huge opportunities; they just need to steer clear of believing everything they see and read in the national media.

If you could offer a piece of advice to today’s youngsters, what would it be?

Be hardworking, honest and law-abiding.

David celebrating his 100th birthday!

Are the elderly given the respect they deserve in Britain today?

Sometimes yes, sometimes no…

What national or international news story has had the greatest impact on you over the years?


The secret for a long life is …A loving wife and family, with the odd tipple or two of whisky.

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