SELF-DISCIPLINE and healthy eating are the secrets to long life, says an Oxford care home resident who recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

Muriel Currill, a former Cowley resident, celebrated the milestone birthday with a special cake at Bridge House Care Home in Abingdon where she lives.

After receiving her card from King Charles III, Ms Currill’s niece, Lynne, outlined how proud she was of the ceremonial card and how special it was to spend the day with her.

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“Muriel had a wonderful day,” she said. “From being pampered in the morning with a manicure and hairdo, to celebrating in the afternoon with myself, Richard, his wife Chris and all the amazing team at Bridge House.

“She especially enjoyed us all singing happy birthday as her lovely cake was brought in – and even joined in with the singing.

“The highlight for her was of course receiving her card from the King and Queen Consort, which will now hanging proudly on the wall in her room.

 “As a family we’re so proud of her and glad that we can still reminisce with her about her life in Oxford, and all the good times we had together.”

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She added: “Muriel has always been careful with her health and diet. Her sister Daphne would often recall how when they were given Easter eggs, Muriel would treat herself to a small piece every day and would make it last for a couple of weeks.”


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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Abingdon, Didcot, Wallingford and Wantage.

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