Fun for gran, but don't go faster than 80

BOOMIN' GRANNY: Beth Barratt turns 80 today, but that didn’t stop her spending part of the last two days on the back of a jetski on Lake Rotomanu.
BOOMIN' GRANNY: Beth Barratt turns 80 today, but that didn’t stop her spending part of the last two days on the back of a jetski on Lake Rotomanu.

Age is no barrier between 80-year-old Beth Barratt and fun.

An octogenarian today, Mrs Barratt spent part of Christmas and Boxing days on the back of a jetski.

She said her prayers before jumping on yesterday with her grandson Malcolm Honeyfield in charge behind the wheel, and off they went, like a flash, with a splash.

Mrs Barratt's daughter Jackie Honeyfield said the family went down to New Plymouth's Lake Rotomanu for Christmas Day lunch with the jetski in tow.

"She thought it looked like fun so we got her on," she said.

And she was back again yesterday with the whole family for support - including her four children, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs Honeyfield said her mother had been on a land yacht for her 70th and a two-wheeled farm bike on her 60th.

"I'm glad that's over," Mrs Barratt said as she climbed on to the jetty. "I was nervous when we did the bendy bits, but it was a lot of fun.

"The things I do for my family," she said, adding that she might have to do a skydive for her 90th.

Taranaki Daily News