A sherry a day the secret for 107-year-old Lilian

Lilian with Worthing mayor Charles James and the mayoress Pauline James
Lilian with Worthing mayor Charles James and the mayoress Pauline James
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AFTER 107 years a Worthing woman is still sipping sherry at 11am every morning to keep herself healthy.

Lilian Winder celebrated her 107th birthday with music and singing at Windsor Rest Home last Wednesday, with the mayor of Worthing, Charles James.

Lilian was born in Chiswick, London, in 1905, and is the eldest of seven daughters. She moved to Worthing in 2003, at the age of 98.

Luci Spears, manager of the rest home, said: “She had a lovely day, surrounded by flowers and chocolates, and lots of cards.

“She is very, very well for 107.”

Despite still swearing by a glass of sherry every day, when the mayor asked her what her secret was, she shocked Luci by giving a “contrary” answer.

Luci said: “When the mayor asked her she said ‘that would be my pint of Guinness’, and she has never said that in all the years we have known her.

“She still has her sherry and that is her medicine.

“She is very contented. She has always said that God has been good to her.”

Lilian spent more than 60 happy years with her husband Fred before he died just over 20 years ago. The couple had five children.

Lilian has 16 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.