A Former Chemist Dispenser Shares Her Tonic for a Long Life

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A great grandmother who recently celebrated her 100th birthday prescribes a daily dose of singing as the secret to her long life.

Friends and relatives gathered for a party at Abbeyfield Castle Farm, South Gosforth to toast Mrs Dora Brown who has been a resident at the home for the past seven years.

Dora, who has always loved singing, enjoyed a day filled with music and song at the home, together with her welcomed telegram from the palace.

Mrs Brown who was born in Plymouth on 6th June  1915 grew up in the city and worked as a dispenser at Boots the Chemist after leaving school.

She is mum to four children, all of whom have inherited their mum’s love of singing and are now part of an amateur singing group who regularly entertains our residents at Abbeyfield.

Mrs Brown credits her love of singing, good diet and a happy disposition for her 100 years.

She said: “I’ve been lucky to have enjoyed a long and happy life and contrary to popular belief about life in a care home, the last seven years spent at Abbeyfield have been thoroughly enjoyable; I’ve joined in lots of different activities and had the opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends.

“I don’t have any great plans for the coming year although I am looking forward to making the most of the lovely gardens and taking a trip into Paddy Freemans’ Park which is next door to the home.”