For strength Se­cret to 100th birth­day is a drop of Guin­ness

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Jessica MERCER [email protected]­plc.com

AWOMAN from Chel­tenham has turned 100 years old and swears Guin­ness is the se­cret to a long life.

Cen­te­nar­ian Kath­leen Hen­nings cred­its the Ir­ish stout with giv­ing her the vim and vigour to make the mile­stone. She has had a cheeky snifter of the black stuff ev­ery morn­ing and ev­ery evening since she can re­mem­ber.

Orig­i­nally from Lon­don, Kath­leen moved to Chel­tenham af­ter the Sec­ond World War with her mother and brother.

Fam­ily friend Kirsty Darby has known Kath­leen all her life and says she’s a force of na­ture: “She’s re­ally switched on - age hasn’t af­fected her at all.

“She goes out for meals with her friends reg­u­larly.

“She swears by Guin­ness as what keeps her go­ing ev­ery day - she has one in the morn­ing and one with her evening meal.”

Guin­ness re­sponded to Kath­leen’s

We would love to wish Kath­leen a very happy birth­day, and it’s great she is a life­long fan Guin­ness state­ment

praise of the drink in a state­ment, say­ing: “We would love to wish Kath­leen a very happy birth­day, and it’s great to hear she is a life­long Guin­ness fan!”

Kirsty’s grand­mother Pam Johns moved to the same neigh­bour­hood at the same time as Kath­leen back in the day and re­mained best friends with un­til Pam passed away in 2018.

De­spite her age, Kirsty says that Kath­leen is firmly in­de­pen­dent and in­sists on do­ing all her own shop­ping, walk­ing to Bath Road nearly ev­ery day to get her gro­ceries and chat­ting to lo­cal friends in the town.

Kath­leen was greeted by 20 of her friends who had thrown her a birth­day party to cel­e­brate the cen­ten­ery mile­stone, where even the lo­cal butcher, Dar­ren, turned up to wish her many happy re­turns.

Kirsty con­tin­ued: “She does ev­ery­thing her­self - I com­pli­mented her on her out­fit and she said ‘Oh, I knit­ted this in 1952!’”

Kath­leen was close with her brother up un­til he died and now lives “quite hap­pily” at her home in Chel­tenham.

Asked how Kath­leen felt about reach­ing the big mile­stone, Kirsty says: “She re­ceived her tele­gram from the Queen but she didn’t seem that both­ered.

“She takes life on the chin,” says Kirsty. “She’s a bit of an enigma, re­ally.”

Kath­leen Hen­nings cel­e­brates her 100th birth­day

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