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Betty Stutz of Norwich joins the 100 club with special birthday celebration

PUBLISHED: 18:14 20 October 2017 | UPDATED: 18:14 20 October 2017

Betty Stutz delighted to receive a card from the Queen on her 100th birthday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Betty Stutz delighted to receive a card from the Queen on her 100th birthday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Copyright: Archant 2017

Betty Stutz has celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at Chiswick House, Norwich.

Betty Stutz celebrates her 100th birthday with her family, from left, Teresa Belton, daughter; August Zirner, nephew; Peter Belton, son-in-law; Tom Belton, grandson, with his girlfriend, Yvonne Onumonu; and Katalin Zirner. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYBetty Stutz celebrates her 100th birthday with her family, from left, Teresa Belton, daughter; August Zirner, nephew; Peter Belton, son-in-law; Tom Belton, grandson, with his girlfriend, Yvonne Onumonu; and Katalin Zirner. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Mrs Stutz grew up in Vienna, Austria, but was forced to emigrate during the Second World War.

She moved to Norwich with her husband Henry in 1984 to be nearer to her daughter, Teresa, who had settled in the city.

Many of her friends and family joined her to celebrate her century, and they laughed along with her plentiful witty and self-deprecating remarks - “what are you going to invent to write about me?”, she quizzes from the off.

Mrs Stutz said she had no idea when she retired, but her career path wasn’t her first choice. She said: “I wanted to be a dress designer, but I wasn’t very successful so I became a teacher.”

Betty Stutz delighted to receive a card from the Queen on her 100th birthday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYBetty Stutz delighted to receive a card from the Queen on her 100th birthday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

For those who want to know how they too can live a long and healthy life, her advice is simple.

“Exercise and read, get out in the fresh air, eat and sleep well, and love a lot.”

Betty Stutz delighted to receive a card from the Queen on her 100th birthday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYBetty Stutz delighted to receive a card from the Queen on her 100th birthday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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