Worthing woman celebrates 106th birthday

Lilian Winder. W33145P11.
Lilian Winder. W33145P11.

WORTHING resident Lilian Winder celebrated her 106th birthday with family, friends – and a visit from the mayor.

Lilian gathered with family and residents of the Windsor Road rest home in the garden to enjoy some live classical guitar music and a glass of sherry on Monday, August 15.

The eldest of seven children, Lilian was born in Chiswick, London, in 1905.

She moved to Worthing 36 years ago, and has been a resident of the Windsor Road rest home for the past seven years. According to great-great-grandmother Lilian, the secret to a long and healthy life is a glass of sherry a day.

When asked what her birthday wish would be, Lilian said: “Well, I am so satisfied really, I have family and friends and had a good life, there is nothing I could wish for.”

Lilian spent more than 60 happy years with her husband Fred before he died 20 years ago.

The couple had five children.

Ann Barlow, mayor of Worthing, said: “Lilian looks amazing.

“She is really well and really happy.

“It is wonderful to see someone who is 106 and really enjoying life.”

She added: Worthing’s motto is ‘From the sea health, and the land plenty’, and Lilian is a perfect example of that.”