Happy 102nd birthday Ethel!

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AN ARBROATH lady has shown the key to a long life lies in staying active, close family and a sense of humour.

Ethel Butchart celebrated her 102nd birthday in Kendale House on Friday, and according to her family the secret is simple.

Ethel was born in Kirriemuir on September 28, 1912, and has lived through two World Wars, the decline of the British Empire, and a host of other significant dates most people can only read about.

She moved to Arbroath in 1932 and has remained ever since, except for during the Second World War when the family relocated to Helensburgh for her husband Ronald’s role in the RAF.

Ronald, who passed away in 1969, was attached to Field Marshall Montgomery’s Eighth Army in North Africa.

Ethel and Ronald had three sons Ronald, Russell and Graham and a daughter, Vina.

Her son Graham gave the Herald a clue to his mother’s continued good health and explained what was most important to her. He said: “Family and friends are very important, also with her being so active and walking all the time. She was three times a week at the bingo in Dundee.

“We take her out every day for a run up to Montrose or Carnoustie.”

Son Ronald added: “She asked the staff to take her to the pub for her birthday, and at her 100th she said ‘I hope you can all attend my 200th’.”