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Clayhall resident Winifred Goodbody celebrates incredible 107th birthday

PUBLISHED: 14:40 12 August 2013 | UPDATED: 14:47 12 August 2013

Winifred Goodbody celebrating her 107th birthday at Birchwood Care Home.

Winifred Goodbody celebrating her 107th birthday at Birchwood Care Home.

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A former typist who celebrated her 107th birthday today has put her incredible longevity down to “good, clean living”.

Winifred Goodbody celebrating her 107th birthday at Birchwood Care Home.Winifred Goodbody celebrating her 107th birthday at Birchwood Care Home.

Winifred Goodbody marked the birthday with friends at Birchwood Residential Care Home in Clayhall Avenue, Clayhall.

Born during the Edwardian era in 1906, Winnie grew up in Seven Kings through the First World War, glamorous 20s, and the Great Depression.

She worked throughout her life, including during the Second World War, and was a shorthand typist in the civil service when she retired.

Winnie said she has “no idea” how she has lived to such an incredible age.

She added: “I’ve always kept busy and enjoyed all sorts of things, such as playing the violin and piano - and I absolutely adored cooking.

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

Care home manager Christine Thomas said Winnie has still not stopped her old hobbies, including needlework, knitting and cookery.

She added: “Winnie is a lovely woman who still takes a keen interest in all that’s going on in the world.”


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