FIGHTING FIT: Ettie Hall celebrating her 105th birthday at Gardens Galore with family.
FIGHTING FIT: Ettie Hall celebrating her 105th birthday at Gardens Galore with family.

‘TEA AND SHERRY’: 105yo shares secret to long life

MILESTONE birthdays are something Warwick resident Ettie Hall has become accustomed to and today was no different as she celebrated her 105th birthday.

The centenarian celebrated in style with family at Warwick's Gardens Galore.

For son Bruce Gordon, the achievement was a testament to his mother's independence.

"Her mind is fantastic, and she can go back to her childhood and tell you about what she used to do with her parents on a Saturday," Mr Gordon said.

"Unfortunately, you have to almost yell at her so she can hear and her vision in one eye is now restricted to just a tunnel."

A resident at Akooramak for just 12 months, Mr Gordon said his mum's ailing physical health ultimately resulted in her move.

"I've been her carer for the past 10 years until she went into the home," he said.

"We've had a few medical problems and falls; she's had a hip replacement and broke the main bone in her leg at 100-years-old.

"The doctor couldn't believe they were operating on a 102-year-old because they've never operated on a woman of that age before."

With birthday cards from the Queen and politicians to congratulate her on previous milestones, there is just one secret to Mrs Hall's success for a long life.

"Tea, with no milk or sugar, and quite a lot of sherry," Mr Gordon said.

"She goes through a flagon of sherry every two weeks."

 

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