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‘Keeping active is the key to reaching 100 years’

Winifred Smalley, who lives at Wisteria Care House, Uppingham  is celebrating her 100th birthday.  Winifred is pictured with her niece Jane Blaney and her niece's husband Walter.
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Winifred Smalley, who lives at Wisteria Care House, Uppingham is celebrating her 100th birthday. Winifred is pictured with her niece Jane Blaney and her niece's husband Walter. Photo: MSMP250113-021ow

The secret to a long life is to live an active life according to a woman who celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday.

Winifred Smalley who now lives in Wisteria House in Uppingham and was born in the town in Adderley Street on January 26, 1913, celebrated her birthday with friends and family at Uppingham Methodist Church on Friday.

She was presented with a card from the Queen.

Mrs Smalley said: “I don’t feel any different.

“It has been a very busy life.”

“I’ve worked very hard and greatly enjoyed gardening.

For a woman of her age Mrs Smalley remains incredibly active and until recently walked about two to three miles every day around the town visiting her old haunts.

Mrs Smalley was brought up by her mother Eleanor Barfield, after her father, Harry, a local decorator, died in the First World War.

Mrs Smalley grew up in Uppingham and was educated in Oakham before moving away from the area where she met her husband Reginald, a bank clerk.

The couple had one son, Richard, who tragically died at the age of 19 in a climbing accident on Ben Nevis in 1964.

Mrs Smalley returned to Uppingham in 2006, two years after the death of her husband of 64 years.

 

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