Year by year, centenarians are a growing minority of the population of the UK. In 1997 it was estimated that there were 8,000 centenarians in the UK, and by the year 2030 some estimates put the projected figure at a staggering 30,000!

As a new century begins it seemed appropriate to take a reflective look at where we have been. And where better for getting real perspective than from those people who had seen most of the last century out, some of them having lived in three separate centuries.

Centenarians is an attempt to portray the spirit of these remarkable people.