Whisky is the best medicine!
DURING her lifetime Winifred Cheal has survived two world wars, seen five monarchs on the throne and witnessed 18 different prime ministers take charge of the country. Mrs Cheal, who lives at the Grange care home in Kennington, celebrated her 100th birthday with 25 family members and friends at Eastwell Manor in Boughton Lees on Saturday. As well as receiving a birthday card from the Queen, she was given a range of gifts including a shawl, slippers and a coin from the year she was born with King Edward VII on one face. Born in Francis Road, Ashford in 1910 she went to the Newtown School before becoming a seamstress for British Rail. She worked until she married Oliver John Cheal, who also worked for the railway company, in the early 1930s and together they had three children. In her later years she worked as a dinner lady at the North School and lived independently in Mead Road until she was 99. Her daughter Elaine Jefferies said the secret of her mother’s long life was not using modern medicine. She said: “She doesn’t smoke but she likes a tipple. She’s always been against medication and thought it was better to have a whisky with a drop of water and some sugar. “She reckoned it cures colds, an upset tummy and swore by it if she couldn’t sleep. “I don’t think she’s swallowed a pill in her life.”