Corrie Ken wants to be first man to reach 120 My cells are re­ju­ve­nat­ing says star Bill

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Ja­nine Yaqoob TV EDI­TOR

SOAP star Bill Roache aims to Corrie on liv­ing for decades – and be the first man to hit 120.

He has told how he re­cites a daily mantra as part of a process which he says re­ju­ve­nates his cells and leaves him feel­ing younger and health­ier.

Bill, 86, al­ready holds one record as the world’s long­est-serv­ing soap star, hav­ing played Ken Bar­low in Coro­na­tion Street since 1960.

And with a clean bill of health, he can see no rea­son why he shouldn’t hit the mile­stone age.

He said in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view: “Liv­ing to 120 is more than a pos­si­bil­ity. The body was de­signed to go on for­ever as cells re­new them­selves. Age­ing is a be­lief sys­tem. It’s not how many years you’ve clocked up, it’s the eat­ing, drink­ing, smok­ing, bad think­ing, stress, pol­lu­tion. I’ve heard peo­ple say ‘I’ve got a new car­pet, that’ll see me out’. That’s not the right mind­set to have and down they go.”

The old­est man on record was Jiroe­mon Kimura, who was 116 when he died in Ja­pan five years ago. Bill cred­its med­i­ta­tion and his mum’s genes for his good health. He added: “I say to my­self ev­ery morn­ing ‘As my cells re­new them­selves, they re­new them­selves with a younger, health­ier, re­ju­ve­nated cell, there­fore I’m get­ting younger, health­ier.’ I know it’ll have some ef­fect. Liv­ing to 100 is noth­ing – we should live way longer.”

Bill was speak­ing ahead of the re­lease of his mem­oirs, in which he writes about be­ing cleared of sex of­fences, los­ing his wife Sara in 2009 – and the “un­bear­able pain” as daugh­ter Vanya, 50, died in March this year af­ter a long ill­ness.

Heart­bro­ken Bill was in a car crash on his way to see Vanya be­fore she died.

Bill, who also lost daugh­ter Ed­wina when she was just 18 months old and has three other chil­dren, be­lieves in the af­ter life. And he added: “To not be able to say good­bye to Vanya was aw­ful. But I take some com­fort in now know­ing she is in a bet­ter place and at peace.

“And When I say ‘I love you Vanya’, I know she hears it.”

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