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Longevity tips from Bannockburn resident Etta, on her 100th birthday!

Celebrating with cake, thoughtful gifts and a letter from the Queen, Etta was asked what her secrets were for a long, healthy and happy life. 

“She’s put it down to eating a good bowl of porridge for breakfast,” said Lifestyle Coordinator at Bannockburn, Karen Parnell. “And reading every day to keep her mind sharp!” 

And both these suggestions have certainly come from experience. A good breakfast would have been very important, even during Etta’s earliest years, growing up on a farm in a small Scottish village. Etta also excelled at her schooling, and went on to become dux!

Etta later worked in a Brick Factory, and became a supervisor during World War 2.  During this time, Etta also organised a ladies’ soccer team, and met her husband William. While William served in Africa, Etta spent two years writing to him. Once he returned, Etta & William married and her family soon grew with the arrival of twins - proudly name Etta and Bill. 

Throughout her interesting life, Etta’s motto has always been, “where there is a will, there is a way”, which she says has stood her well over the last 100 years. 

Happy Birthday Etta, and many thanks for the terrific tips! 


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