Still cracking crossword puzzles after 106 years

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A CHICHESTER centenarian has celebrated her 106th birthday.

Vivienn Rolfe, of Westgate, celebrated on November 26, with friends and family at her flat.

Born in Southsea in 1907 into a naval family, she lived in Africa 
for 17 years with her husband, before moving to Chichester from Aldingbourne in 1986.

“I don’t really need any help,” she said. “I’m really lucky. I can still walk around with a walker.

“I can cook if it’s left for me all prepared.

“I read a lot and I do crosswords. I do the Telegraph every weekend – I manage to do that.”

She said she liked listening to orchestral music, especially piano concertos by Chopin.

Her husband Gordon passed away in 1997.

The couple married in 1941 after meeting four years previously and had one daughter, named Sally Wraight, who was born in Nigeria in 1947.

Vivienn worked at Charterhouse for four years in the 1960s.

“I had to get a job,” she said. “We had a daughter at boarding school and so to pay for fees I got a job at Charterhouse.

“I loved it. I made lots of friends and I really liked it.”

She said she had a ‘lovely’ 106th birthday and received 30 cards and lots of flowers, as well as two telephone calls from New Zealand and one from Italy.