Brighton woman celebrates 100th birthday with card from King Charles

A 100-year-old, who has lived in Brighton all her life, says the secret to a long and happy life is to “just keep dancing”.

Dina Tester, who lives at Dean Wood Bupa Care Home in Brighton, celebrated the milestone on November 7 with celebrations as “spectacular as she is”.

Dean Wood’s team planned a party for Dina at their Sea View Cafe with music, singing and dancing, which was also attended by Dina’s family and friends.

She was also given a card signed by King Charles III. and the Queen Consort, who wished her “heartfelt well wishes on such a special occasion”.

The Argus: Dina Tester on her 100th birthdayDina Tester on her 100th birthday (Image: Dean Wood Bupa Nursing Home)

“I had a wonderful day celebrating my 100th birthday,” said Dina.

“It was lovely to be surrounded by family and friends, the cake was absolutely gorgeous and the card from the king was so exciting – although my favorite part had to be the dancing and the music.

“My top tip for a long and happy life is to just keep dancing, it’s good for the soul.”

The Argus: Dinas Letter from King CharlesDina’s letter from King Charles (Image: Dean Wood Bupa Nursing Home)

The centenarian worked as a saleswoman in a shoe store but said her favorite job “of all time” was being a mom.

Dina and her late husband Percy had two children, Anne and David, and later four grandchildren.

Together they made many trips across Europe, with their favorite cities like Brussels, Paris and Italy.

Dina, whose mother was Belgian, has always loved ballroom, modern and line dancing, which she continues at Dean Wood by attending the weekly live performances.

The Argus: Dina's birthday cakeDina’s birthday cake (Image: Dean Wood Bupa Nursing Home)

Julie Mullen, Senior Activity Coordinator at Dean Wood said: “We had a wonderful day celebrating Dina’s milestone birthday.

“We love watching her dance, she gets so carefree.

“Music makes her feel alive and she has many friends at Dean Wood, both staff and residents – she is a truly special soul.

“Celebrating milestones like 100 years is so important to us at Dean Wood that it really brings a positive vibe to the home and really lifts the spirits of our residents.” Brighton woman celebrates 100th birthday with card from King Charles

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