Eightieth birthdays are so common nowadays and 80-year-olds can seem so vibrant that it almost seems a normal anniversary. Even so, anyone reaching that 80th milestone could be forgiven for thinking that they are getting on a bit.On Tuesday, however, one new octogenarian celebrating her entry into her ninth decade, at the Tullyglass hotel near Ballymena, was given reason to think that she is not old at all.For Dorothy McKee found that someone much more senior was also marking their birthday at the same venue — someone almost three decades older.Dorothy, from Curran near Magherafelt, was born on July 3 1938, 29 years after Maud Nicholl, who was born on the same day in 1909.Maud, from Ballymena, was also celebrating the date at Tullyglass, and the News Letter brought the 80-year-old and 109-year-old together for a photograph.When Maud, thought to be Northern Ireland’s oldest person, realised that they shared a birthday she jokingly asked: “Who’s older?”Both … [Read more...] about Dorothy really is 80 years young, as Maud turns 109
80 year old woman looks young
It is almost 60 years ago, but the memory of that summer afternoon in the garden of a house in Buckinghamshire still shines in my mind, as if it were yesterday. Whichert House was named after the local word for ‘white earth’, the mixture of lime and straw used in the construction of houses in this part of the county. It was built in the 1920s by Charles Preston, a lawyer, and it was his widow, Aunt Dorothy, as my mother called her, though we were not related by blood, whom we were visiting that day. I was nine years old. Childhood memories have no background, only a foreground. So when I close my eyes I don’t see the house, just pools of blue shadow; a circle of grass covered in a picnic rug; a table set with tea; and Aunt Dorothy, a birdlike creature with a gardener’s tan and cornflower-blue eyes, sitting upright in a wicker chair, with a straw hat on her head. Even after all these years, the brief time my mother and I spent in that garden – and we would … [Read more...] about ‘The day I found a box of letters that revealed a secret love affair my mother had hidden for 80 years’
News / UK by Press Association 01/05/2018, 12:54 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter A 96-year-old woman standing in this week’s council elections has vowed to stand up for the elderly and for teachers if she wins a seat. Florence Kirkby, running for the Conservatives in the newly-created Manor Park ward in Newcastle upon Tyne, is believed to be one of the country’s oldest candidates. Miss Kirkby unsuccessfully stood for election in Westerhope several years ago, but decided to try again this year because several voters asked her to. She said: “If I am elected I will be looking to the future for Newcastle. My particular interest is in education and in health.” ”There needs to be a voice for older people – about a quarter of people in their 80s and 90s are in homes or being cared for, so that leaves three- quarters who are looking after themselves.” Miss Kirkby is a long-time … [Read more...] about Ninety-six-year-old council candidate vows to give elderly a voice
HE IS such a hero in Hollywood that he has played God twice, while his nice-guy appeal has helped to earn him an Oscar and a £100million fortune. But now Morgan Freeman’s saintly image is under threat due to some sordid accusations from beyond the grave. Like Kevin Spacey, his co-star in the 1995 thriller Seven, 80-year-old Freeman is at the centre of deeply disturbing claims. They focus on his relationship with his murdered step-granddaughter E’Dena Hines, who was stabbed to death in 2015. During a New York trial this week, lawyers revealed that she had texted her boyfriend Lamar Davenport — who is accused of her murder — about having “grandpa feelings” for the star. Davenport’s lawyers told the court that shortly before 33-year-old E’Dena died, she “disclosed to Davenport and others that her grandfather engaged in a sexually inappropriate relationship with her”. E’Dena’s messages appear to contradict … [Read more...] about Morgan Freeman, 80, forced to deny affair with murdered teen step-granddaughter E’Dena
Stories 3 April 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-43521810 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel In 1939, the newly established Penguin Books published six guides to various English counties, complete with touring maps, aimed at the middle-class motorist. Emma Jane Kirby has been driving around the UK with those first-edition … [Read more...] about How much has the Lake District changed in 80 years?