Great great gran celebrates 107th birthday and puts long life down to fags and booze

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GREAT great gran Minnie Liddle has celebrated her 107th birthday and puts her long life down to… fags and booze.

Spirited Minnie has made it through two world wars, the Spanish flu pandemic, four monarchs and 21 different Prime Ministers.

Great great gran Minnie Liddle has celebrated her 107th birthday and puts her long life down to fags and booze

And she raised a glass to mark another milestone — as her family revealed she still enjoyed a daily brandy or Baileys and was puffing away until she was 99.

Granddaughter Joy Young, 61, said: “She’s unstoppable. She still has a twinkle in her eye.

“She lived in a bungalow until she was 104 before moving into a care home, gave up smoking only when she was 99 and still enjoys her daily drink.”

Minnie grew up in and around the “spit and sawdust” pubs of Sunderland.

She worked as a dressmaker and married sculptor Albert in 1935.

Now living in a care home in Doncaster, she has two sons, seven grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and eight great great grandchildren.

Minnie, pictured second from right, worked as a dressmaker and married sculptor Albert in 1935
Minnie was raised in Sunderland and now lives at a care home in Doncaster
Minnie has has two sons, seven grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and eight great great grandchildren
Minnie gave up cigarettes at 99 after a fall and although she kept one packet for emergencies she never opened it


Joy said Minnie gave up cigarettes at 99 after a fall and, although she kept one packet for emergencies, never opened it.

The family has had to put off birthday celebrations until Minnie is vaccinated.

But Joy said: “We’ll have a real family party.”

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