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No secret to 100 years - just luck!

100 year-old Denise Bailey at home at Stamford EMN-150627-001503009
100 year-old Denise Bailey at home at Stamford EMN-150627-001503009

A party was held for Denise Bailey from Stamford to celebrate her milestone 100th birthday.

Denise Bailey from Torkington Gardens, gathered with friends and family on Saturday at the White Hart in Ufford to celebrate turning 100.

Denise, who was born in Doncaster,and got married in 1936, has been living in Stamford since 1986.

Family, friends and neighbours visited Denise’s flat in Torkington Gardens,where she is the longest living resident to bring bouquets of beautiful flowers and presents.

Denise said: “ This place was bedlam, but it was an exciting and perfect day.”

The youngest of four siblings, Denise has two daughters,seven grandchildren and 10 great- grandchildren.

Denise said her secret to living a long life is “ pure luck” but that she has never eaten meat and loves chips.

She said: “I remember seeing a lamb in a field when I was four years old and thinking that I could never eat it.”

Denise has received over a hundred cards from friends and family, as well as a telegram from the Queen and a card from the MP Nick Boles.

She said: “The telegram is such a lovely photo, and I was not even expecting the card from the MP so it was a wonderful surprise.”

Denise celebrated her birthday at an afternoon tea, hog roast, and disco with 140 family at friends, organised by her daughters Lyn,71 and Leslie,66.

Denise said: “ All I have been worried about is making the party as my daughters have gone to so much trouble arranging it.”

When asked what her biggest achievement so far has been, Denise said: “Creating a happy and loving family, I couldn’t have asked for anything better than that.”


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