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Whisky is the secret for long life, according to Newham centenarian

14:28 28 March 2014

Winnie Lee at her 100th birthday party

Winnie Lee at her 100th birthday party

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A tot of whisky every night is the key to a long life according to Winnie Lee, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

Reg Battan celebrated at home in Manor ParkReg Battan celebrated at home in Manor Park

The great great grandmother marked her milestone birthday with a party at the Resource Centre in Chargeable Lane, Plaistow, surrounded by friends and family - and a special visit from the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales.

Winnie has lived in the borough her whole life, being born in Custom House and working as a cleaner in factories and schools before retirement.

She has two children, six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

Sir Robin also dropped by on a celebration for another long-term resident’s 100th birthday.

Reg Batten, from Manor Park, has great memories of his early years in Canning Town.

These include being blown off a table at his grandmother’s house by the force of the tragic Silvertown Explosion in 1917 and Gandhi playing marbles when he visited the area in the Thirties.

Sir Robin Wales said: “It was great to be able to meet two such wonderful people. They’ve got such amazing memories of the borough and have seen it go through a complete transformation. I hope they both enjoyed their big days and have many more to come.”

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