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Woman thanks sherry for long life

A 107-year-old from East Yorkshire has said a daily drink and an occasional cigarette are the key to a long life.

Widow Dorothy Peel, a resident at Westbourne Lodge in Bridlington, drinks sherry and whisky every day.

Carer Stephanie Isaacs said Mrs Peel could walk unaided, went to the supermarket every week and enjoyed knitting and reading.

She added that Mrs Peel's drinking did not affect her medication and that her only real medical problem was deafness.

"She likes a drink," Ms Isaacs said.

"She has a sherry in the morning, then one at lunch, a big one, then a smaller one at tea. Then she'll have a whisky and dry ginger later on, and that's a big one."

Mrs Peel celebrated her 107th birthday on Monday. She has had no children and her husband Frederick died in 1975.

Ms Isaacs said: "Dorothy is a lady, a proper lady. She always has nice clothes, nice lipstick, she's very particular about that."

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