THERE was a double celebration at Swinton Lodge Care Home as two centenarians celebrated their birthdays. The party hats were out in force as Gertrude Shaw reached the milestone age of 100, followed by birthday celebrations days later for Annice Kenning, who turned 105. Mrs Shaw toasted her long life at a celebration attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham, Shaun and Lisa Wright, last Thursday. But the champagne was left in the cabinet, as he new centenarian is adamant her longevity is down to a largely teetotal lifestyle. She said: “I’ve always tried to stay off the drink as much as I can. “It doesn’t do you any good. Staying off it has definitely worked for me.” Mrs Shaw, who married but did not have children, added that she has always maintained a keep fit regime. “I have always enjoyed going running and even playing football on occasion. “I ran for a club a few times, but I also used to go running as a hobby with my dad. “I’ve always enjoyed it I’d even like to do it now. “While ever I’ve got legs, I’ll always want to run!” She received a card from the Queen on her birthday, but was even more impressed with a signed photo from her hero, daytime TV host Jeremy Kyle. She said: “I was overjoyed. I always watch his TV show.” Fellow resident Mrs Kenning had her own special celebration at the home last Wednesday. Staff organised a tea party and presented her with birthday cards., one of which was of course from the Queen. Mrs Kenning said: “I’m very patriotic so it was nice to have that card.
“It’s not the first one I’ve had either!” She puts her long life down to a laid back attitude and good diet. She said keeping her mind active through reading poetry has also helped. She added: “I always think you should take life as it comes and try not to get too bothered about things. “I try and eat well every day still and I love ginger beer and honey. It’s good for your stomach.” The proud grandmother-of-two also had a visit from her only son Noel who travelled up from London.
Tammy Ardron, a care worker at the home, said: “They are really popular here.
“They told us they were really happy with the celebrations.”