Peggy turns on the style to keep fit at 90

Peggy Styles is still enjoying the monthly 'keep fit' sessions at her local village hall after turning 90 on New Year's Day. Picture: Ian Burt
Peggy Styles is still enjoying the monthly 'keep fit' sessions at her local village hall after turning 90 on New Year's Day. Picture: Ian Burt

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
6:30 AM

While many people will be plugging away at their New Year’s resolutions to keep fit, 90-year-old Peggy Styles didn’t even need to make one.

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Peggy Styles is still enjoying the monthly 'keep fit' sessions at her local village hall after turning 90 on New Year's Day. Picture: Ian Burt
Peggy Styles is still enjoying the monthly 'keep fit' sessions at her local village hall after turning 90 on New Year's Day. Picture: Ian Burt

The nonagenarian is in tip top shape - having attended weekly keep fit classes at Toftwood Village Hall for some 20 years.

Mrs Styles, who lives on Yaxham Road, Dereham is continuing to attend the classes for over 60s every Thursday morning, despite turning 90 on New Year’s Day.

She said: “I look forward to them. They keep me mobile and healthy and I enjoy the social aspect to it as well.

“I’d recommend these classes to anyone.”

Mrs Styles, who used to work at the Metamec clock factory in Dereham, started attending the classes after her husband George Styles died.

Her daughter Linda Crane, 60, said: “She joined for the social side of it, to get out of the house and meet people and she absolutely loves it.

“The instructor is brilliant and she lets people push themselves as much or as little as they want to without any pressure.

“For the age of 90, mum is in fantastic shape.

“She went to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for a minor illness last year and they said they had no record of her ever being there before - they couldn’t believe it.

“Mum has always led a healthy lifestyle, she was a land girl and she used to cycle everywhere, and now she always looks forward to her Thursday morning keep fit classes.”

Mrs Styles said she hopes to continue attending the classes for many years to come.

Do you know anyone enjoying life to the full in later life? E mail newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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