Former hair salon owner celebrates 100th birthday

Photo of Rosa Hunter holding her 100th birthday greeting from the Queen.

A Stoke Gifford resident who ran a hair salon in Bristol for 40 years has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Rosa Hunter, who now lives at Osbourne Court residential home in North Road (next to the St Michael’s Centre), was thrilled to receive a card and personalised congratulatory message from the Queen to mark reaching her centenary year.

Born on 18th May 1919. Rosa opened her first hair salon, with her husband Alex, in Downend. She worked at the salon, which catered for both ladies and gentlemen, until retiring at the age of 72.

Reminiscing about her long and varied life, Rosa says she loved to help her father at their allotment on Ashley Hill and she always enjoyed any kind of outdoor activity.

Rosa and her husband were very good at ballroom dancing, and they won many competitions together. Nowadays, Rosa still likes to listen to music from the 30s and the 40s, which brings back many happy memories.

Asked how she feels about reaching the age of 100, Rosa said:

“If you eat well and have plenty of fresh air, you will be healthy. Mother had many children, but I am the only one left now. I thank my mother and father for reaching this age.”

This article originally appeared in the June 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 12). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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