Happy 100th birthday Winnie

Winnie Swain with her certificate from the Royal Air Forces Association congratulating her on her 100th birthday.
Winnie Swain with her certificate from the Royal Air Forces Association congratulating her on her 100th birthday.
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Four generations of a family are celebrating their oldest relative reaching her 100th birthday.

Winnie Swain will be surrounded by loved ones this afternoon (Saturday) at a special party.

Her niece Barbara Smith, of Bakestone Moor, Whitwell, said: “We are having a tea party with a few little surprises. We’ve been planning it for months.”

Winnie, who lives in a block of flats in Chesterfield which doesn’t have a lift, has been housebound for ten years.

Her last trip outside was to celebrate her 90th birthday at Van Dyk Hotel in Clowne. She said: “I can remember we had a nice meal.”

Winnie served in the Women’s Royal Auxiliary Air Force during the Second World War. Among the messages of congratulations to arrive in time for her birthday today was a certificate from the Royal Air Force Association, signed by its president Air Marshall Sir Dusty Miller.

Read all about Winnie’s life in the Derbyshire Times (published on September 29, 2016).