Beryl has 102 reasons to celebrate milestone

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When Beryl James turned 100, she cut her cake with the Prime Minister in Canberra.

For her 101st birthday, the celebrations ran for  four weeks.

Today, Beryl turns 102 and the week is already filling with social engagements, beginning with brunch at Double Tree by Hilton yesterday, afternoon tea at Aveo The Parks in Earlville today and lunch at Rydges on Friday. 

I don’t like a lot of fuss. Don’t get me wrong. If they say your’e having a party, I love going, I enjoy myself,” she said.

The daughter of a Brisbane blacksmith, Beryl was born on July 25 1914, and has three children, nine grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.

She continues to independently at Aveo The Parks, where her sister lived with her until passing away at 100 five years ago.

While she is not past the occasional chardonnay, Beryl puts her long and healthy life down to  “a good upbringing and good food – no junk”.

This article appeared in the Cairns Post on 25 July.

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