Chocolate key to long life: 100 year-old celebrates birthday with 100 Ferrero Rochers

Betty Fairley celebrated her 100th birthday with a 100 Ferrero Rocher tower. Credit: PA

A woman who credits her long life to chocolate, as long as it is in moderation, has celebrated her 100th birthday with 100 of her favourite Ferrero Rocher treats.

Betty Fairley, whose birthday was on February 23, celebrated the milestone at Croftbank House in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, where she has lived since 2019 and was joined by family and friends for the occasion.

South Lanarkshire Provost Margaret Cooper paid a special visit to Croftbank House to wish Mrs Fairley well on becoming a centenarian.

The local Aldi store in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, sent her 100 of her favourite Ferrero Rocher chocolates as a gift.

Mrs Fairley credits her long life to chocolate, in moderation, and was delighted with the present.

She said: “I’m excited to reach 100 and see what it’s like.”

Describing why Ferrero Rocher are her favourite chocolates, she said: “I love the taste of them.

“All the layers are so different and I like taking my time to enjoy them as I make my way through the chocolate.”

Born in 1924 and followed by a baby sister in 1926, Mrs Fairley first trained and worked as an auxiliary nurse after finishing school before studying shorthand and typing.

She would go on to work as a secretary at several companies, including the Co-Op, where she met her husband, John.

They bonded over a love of dancing and outdoor pursuits, and the couple married on February 26 1952, just a few days after her 28th birthday, at St Paul’s Church in Glasgow.

Their first family home was in Dennistoun, Glasgow, where the couple welcomed two sons, Ian and Andrew.

They moved to Johnstone, Renfrewshire, in 1960 and to Bothwell, South Lanarkshire, in 1966, where they lived happily until John’s death in 1988.

Provost Ms Cooper said: “It was fascinating to meet Betty and wonderful to do so on her 100th birthday.

“She has lived through so many momentous times, many of which we only know about second hand, but she also has a treasure trove of personal memories built up over her life.

“Birthday parties are always a great occasion but it is something special to be at one celebrating a century of life.

“It was wonderful to see Betty surrounded by family, friends and staff who all clearly thought the world of her, and I am grateful to her for being able to help her mark such an amazing achievement and pass on the congratulations of all in South Lanarkshire.

”Croftbank House is part of the Renaissance Care Group.

Lynsey Young, activities co-ordinator at Croftbank House, said: “It was wonderful to be able to celebrate Betty’s birthday with her friends and family, and the Lord Provost today.

“Everyone at Croftbank House can’t wait to help her enjoy her fantastic birthday gift, too.”

Want a quick and expert briefing on the biggest news stories? Listen to our latest podcasts to find out What You Need To Know...