Kit, 100, from North Walsham, says ‘a good man’ is secret to happy life

100 year old Kit Huggins with her card from the queen celebrating her milestone in her North Walsham

100 year old Kit Huggins with her card from the queen celebrating her milestone in her North Walsham home. pictured with her family from left Zoe Partridge (grand daughter), Kit Huggins, Peter Huggins (husband) and Jenny Williams (daughter).Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A loving wife and devoted mother says all you need is contentment and happiness to live a long life.

And the proof was evident at the weekend as Kit Huggins, from North Walsham, celebrated her 100th birthday with her loved ones.

Mrs Huggins was surrounded by her family and husband Peter, 86, to mark the momentous occasion.

She met Peter in 1980 while she was landlady at the Angel Inn, now Angel Court flats in North Walsham. She said: 'He's a wonderful husband, I knew Peter was the man for me.

'My secret to a long life is contentment, I am very happy with my husband, you have to find yourself a good man.'

She worked at the hotel for 30 years before leaving in 1986 to become a housewife and Peter went on to become a French polisher in an antique shop.

She said: 'It was really hard work at the Angel, I started at 6am and finished at 12pm most days. I cooked for lots of people, I'm good at making Yorkshire puddings and amazing trifles.'

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The couple have three children: Brenda, 78, Jenny, 76 and Roger, 72, who moved to Australia 46 years ago, eight grandchildren including Zoe, 55, who visited at the weekend, 15 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.

Jenny remembers what her childhood was like, she said: 'We had a very happy, fun and silly family, it was a very happy childhood. The best memory I have of mum is when she came on the train to Swindon to visit me, I remember that was a great time and I didn't think someone would go that far on a train.'

Jenny's daughter, Zoe Partridge, said: 'I remember her always being up at 5am every morning, with dozens of cups of tea and reading the newspaper. She did that every morning.'

When reflecting on her 100th birthday Kit said: 'I've got lots of beautiful flowers but if I thought there was going to be all this nonsense I wouldn't have got old.'

Kit also received a card from the queen wishing her a happy birthday.

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