A different view of retirement

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Peter Carey may be 82 years old but he is a force to be reckoned with. As part of the Coast Watch team at Folkestone, he is out on the cliff top in all weathers, watching one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. On other days he pulls on his dungarees and works on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway. He and his wife Rosalynde live in a swish modern flat in Hythe, just 800 yards from the sea, which they visit every day without fail.

No wonder people in their later years are becoming known as “goldies”. The role models are everywhere. In the cinema, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel shows a group of charming oldies, played by the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Dame Maggie Smith, intent on spending their old age in an Indian palace. Dame Helen Mirren and Joanna Lumley prove that glamour and achievement have no age limit. And the Queen must be the hardest working great-grandmother.

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