Chocolate is secret for long life

ONE of Suffolk's oldest residents who celebrated her 102nd birthday today insisted the secret of her long life is her passion for dark chocolate.Iris Ablitt, who lives at the Uvedale Hall residential home in Needham Market, said she loved life and enjoyed regular minibus day trips to Felixstowe, Southwold and Aldeburgh.

ONE of Suffolk's oldest residents who celebrated her 102nd birthday today insisted the secret of her long life is her passion for dark chocolate.

Iris Ablitt, who lives at the Uvedale Hall residential home in Needham Market, said she loved life and enjoyed regular minibus day trips to Felixstowe, Southwold and Aldeburgh.

The great-grandmother, who turned 102 yesterday, said: “I have had a marvellous life and a marvellous family and I get a lot of pleasure from them.

“The secret for me is my dark chocolate, I am terrible for it, and I never drink, and never have tea or coffee.


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“I have lots of hot water and warm milk. I love my food too, it's like a high class restaurant here. I love my fish, they say it helps your brains. And I take my cod liver oil every morning.”

Mrs Ablitt was born in Harkstead and worked as a typist in the town.

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She was married to James, or Jim as he liked to be known, and who worked on the railways. They had three children, two boys and a girl.

She went on to live in London, Bury St Edmunds and latterly in Ipswich for 68 years in the same home.

The widower has six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

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