Happy 100th birthday Winnie

Four generations of a family are celebrating their oldest relative reaching her 100th birthday.

Saturday, 24th September 2016, 1:36 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 2:03 pm
Winnie Swain with her certificate from the Royal Air Forces Association congratulating her on 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.

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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).