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Gants Hill care home residents celebrate 212 years of life

PUBLISHED: 14:25 28 September 2016 | UPDATED: 14:26 28 September 2016

Cllr Gurdial Bhamra with Julia Gilbert, 108, and Ian Rodin, 104, (both centre) along with family and friends enjoying the birthday celebrations.

Cllr Gurdial Bhamra with Julia Gilbert, 108, and Ian Rodin, 104, (both centre) along with family and friends enjoying the birthday celebrations.

Sharon Bradley

Two of the borough’s oldest residents, shared their secrets to a long and happy life as they celebrated a cumulative 212 years on Sunday.

Julia Gilbert, 108, and Ian Rodin, 104, both of Jewish Care VI and John Ruben’s House, Clarence Avenue, Gants Hill, enjoyed their special day with friends and family.

Mrs Gilbert said her secret to a long life was “hard work”.

“[It’s also important] to have respect for people of all races and religions,” she said.

““I enjoyed the party very much, everything was wonderful and it was lovely to meet the mayor and receive cards from the local borough and get my fifth card from the Queen.”

Mr Rodin, put his longevity down to his vegetarianism.

“I have been a devoted vegetarian for over 50 years and for me the secret to long life is trying to make the world a better place by not eating meat and fish. I don’t think it’s necessary I don’t like the idea of taking a life from an animal,” he continued.

“I had a good time and it was great to have my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren there.

Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Gurdial Bhamra, presented Mrs Gilbert with a card on behalf of the borough and said he was “delighted” to be invited to the celebrations.

He said: “I am glad for both Julia and Ian and wish them both a happy future and good health.”


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