Whisky is the best medicine!

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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.”

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