ACCORDING to Rose Peters, the secret to reaching the grand old age of 105 is good food and an old-fashioned upbringing.
Rose, who lives at Elton Lodge, in Selden Road, Worthing, celebrated her big birthday on September 12, with a party for residents and some of her 17 nieces and nephews.
Rose was born in Wandsworth, London, and was one of nine children. She married Horace Peters when she was 22, and was registered as a foster mother. She also ran a bed and breakfast in Cornwall for five years when she and her husband retired.
She has lived in Worthing for the past 36 years, and at Elton Lodge for the last four.
She said reaching 105 is all in the hands of God, good food and an old fashioned up bringing, adding age is all in the head.
Tracie Mines, manager at the home, said: “Rose always has a smile on her face even when she is feeling tired and has aches and pains. She has a fantastic sense of humour and is always ready to have a giggle. She loves sitting in the sunshine and even enjoys sitting outside with her coat on in the winter. She gets quite upset if the weather is bad and she can’t go out.
“Rose also enjoys a glass of Guinness every day and looks forward to this.
“She loves to sing, she knows all the old songs and sings along when we have the entertainers visit the home. She said that she is blessed with a good memory and can sit and relive every bit of her life.”