Live long - move to Moreton Hall

Wednesday, 12 July, 2006

The secret of an extra long life is to live on a Bury St Edmunds estate, a survey has revealed.
Statistics show people living on the Moreton Hall estate can expect to live to the ripe old age of 93.4 years.
The figures released by the National Office of Statistics of England and Wales electoral wards show the average life expectancy at birth for a man is 76 and 81 for women.
Frank Warby, St Edmundsbury mayor and who has lived on Moreton Hall for 24 years, said: "I think these results show the success of how the estate was set out in the 1980s.
"There is great community spirit here and we have excellent schools and recreational areas and an interdenominational church serving everybody's needs.
"This estate should be a blueprint for further developments and, with low unemployment and crime, I can see Moreton Hall's success continuing to grow.
"If the figures are right, I am delighted that I could be living in this lovely area for another 30-odd years."
Moreton Hall's next generation already have a sound base for longer life after one of the estate's two primary schools, Sebert Wood, received a glowing Ofsted report.
The statistics also show many other St Edmundsbury wards have a higher-than-average life expectancy.
David Ruffley, Bury MP for nearly 10 years, said: "These figures come as no surprise to me.
"The reason we live so long in Bury is that we combine the best of the old with the best of the new.
"We are also forward looking, positive and get the best out of the modern world."
The following is a list of selected St Edmundsbury ward life expectancy rates: Great Barton- 81.5 years; Abbeygate- 81.2 years; Barningham- 79.5 years; Northgate- 77.7 years; Southgate- 80.9 years; Ixworth- 77.5 years and Risbygate- 75.6 years.
Life expectancy in Thetford Abbey ward is 76.7 years, Thetford Castle 74.2 years and 77.4 years Thetford Saxon.