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Clayhall woman born during Edwardian era celebrates 108th birthday

09:35 13 August 2014

Birthday girl Winnie Goodbody celebrates her 108th birthday with carer Patricia Gardner and great niece Julie Farrow

Birthday girl Winnie Goodbody celebrates her 108th birthday with carer Patricia Gardner and great niece Julie Farrow

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A woman born when King Edward VII was still on the throne and Europe had yet to experience the “Great War” has celebrated a special birthday.

Birthday girl Winnie Goodbody celebrates her 108th birthdayBirthday girl Winnie Goodbody celebrates her 108th birthday

Winifred Goodbody, known as Winnie, has turned the grand old age of 108 and puts her good health down to clean living.

She marked her birthday with a small party at Birchwood Residential Care Home, in Clayhall Avenue, Clayhall, on Tuesday.

Winnie was born in 1906 in Dulwich, London, and grew up with her parents and two sisters in Seven Kings.

She worked as a shorthand typist in the Civil Service until she retired, including during the Second World War.

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Winnie said: “I suppose I could put it down to good, clean living - I’ve never had a drink, never had a cigarette, never married and have always been completely happy and content living my life that way.”

The care home’s manager, Christine Thomas, said: “We had a really lovely day. Winnie may be 108, but she is a strong-willed woman who still knows her own mind and has a wonderful fiery spirit.

“I had the pleasure of Winnie showing me her birth certificate and it was really quite amazing to see a piece of paper that is 108 years old!”

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