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

Winnie Lee at her 100th birthday party

Winnie Lee at her 100th birthday party - Credit: Archant

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 Park

Reg Battan celebrated at home in Manor Park - Credit: Archant

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.


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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.

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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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