Is this the healthiest village in Norfolk?

Kettlestone's nonagenarians. L-R, George Manuel, Pat Dickson and Paddy Greenwood: Picture: Roger Tow

Kettlestone's nonagenarians. L-R, George Manuel, Pat Dickson and Paddy Greenwood: Picture: Roger Townsin - Credit: Archant

The secret to a long and healthy life may sit with a village in north Norfolk.

Three of the residents of Kettlestone, which only has a population of around 200 people, recently celebrated birthdays of 90 years or more.

Pat Dickson reached the milestone on February 17, Paddy Greenwood was 90 on January 14, and George Manuel was 96 on November 2.

A parish councillor, who has served the community for more than 35 years, admitted it was 'fairly unusual'.

But Roger Townsin said he did not know the secret of the village's success.


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'Kettlestone only has about 200 inhabitants in the whole of the parish so they do represent a measurable percentage within the community,' he said.

'Pat Dickson is well known in the Fakenham area - I have known her for nearly 40 years; George Manuel was 96 on November 2, 2016 - I have known George for 18 years; and Paddy Greenwood, who was 90 on January 14.'

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