102-Year-Old Heads For New Zealand

102-Year-Old Heads For New Zealand

January 4, 2008

LONDON (Reuters) – A 102-year-old will become Britain's oldest emigrant this weekend when he leaves to start a new life with his wife in New Zealand.

Eric and Doris King-Turner, 87, will start their “wonderful new adventure” on Saturday when they set off on a cruise liner from Southampton.

“I would say to anyone that if you want to do something you should do it straight away while you can,” the retired dentist told Friday's Daily Mail.

“What's important is that when I'm 105 I don't want to be thinking: 'I wish I had moved to the other side of the world when I was 102.'”

New Zealand's better weather, excellent fly-fishing and lack of crowds attracted King-Turner, although he admits he will miss his friends in Britain.

The couple, who are both widowers, have lived in Hampshire since their marriage 12 years ago.

Doris King-Turner is a New Zealander and still has a bungalow in the South Island town of Nelson, where they will live. She sponsored his application to emigrate.

“It's going to be a great adventure,” she said.

(Reporting by Peter Griffiths; Editing by Steve Addison)