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Secret to Long Life Revealed by Resident at Oadby Home who Turns 105

A resident at an Oadby home celebrated her 105th birthday and says her secret to a long life is trusting and believing in God.

Eva Allen lives at MHA Aigburth and celebrated her 105th birthday with her family and friends.

Leicester Time: Secret to Long Life Revealed by Resident at Oadby Home who Turns 105

The home arranged a party for her in the Coffee bar area where she was visited by her son Peter, grandchildren Paul and Sarah as well as her great grandchildren.

Eva was born in South Africa in 1918 and moved to the UK in 1947.

She lived in London before removing to Leicester in the 1950s to be closer to her sisters.

There was plenty of singing and dancing throughout the day with Eva’s son entertaining the staff, residents and guests by playing classical music on the piano.

Sharnia Birt, senior carer said: “Eva was treated like a princess on her birthday and it was a really special day.

“We kept it a secret from her, so it was a nice surprise when she saw what was organised for her.

“The highlight of the day for her was seeing the telegram from the king.

“We showed the telegram she received when she was 100, which was from the Queen and kept both of them together.

“She was fascinated with the cake we had made for her as it contained her name and that really got her attention.

“Towards the end of the celebrations she did get tired, but still made sure she thanked everyone and had a huge smile on her face.

“We always ask her what’s the secret to a long life, and her response is always the same, just believe in God, it’s all his way.”