Winifred’s 70 years in the same house

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THIS great-grandmother of six can’t believe she’s about to turn 100.

Winifred George, of Abbey Walk, Halifax, celebrates her birthday tomorrow.

She said: “I am surprised. I never expected I would get so old. It is a lot, isn’t it?”

Winifred, who has lived in her current home for 70 years, said her secret to becoming a centenarian was keeping busy. “I was always very active,” she said.

“I never smoked and never really drank a lot. It’s difficult now I’m older and I want to do more things.”

Winifred was born in Liversedge, Dewsbury, and moved to Sowerby Bridge as a child.

She worked as a carpet weaver before becoming a cleaner at the old Halifax Police Station.

It was there she met her husband Reginald Malcolm, a civilian driver for the police.

They married in 1937 shortly before he went to Egypt during the Second World War. He died in 1983.

Winifred also worked in a ladies’ outfitters at Halifax Market and has lived in Abbey Walk for 70 years.

She has two sons, six grandsons and six great grandchildren.

Grandson Steve George said: “It’s amazing. The only medication she’s on is paracetamol.”

He added: “She might not be looking forward to her birthday – but everyone else is.”

Winifred will celebrate with friends and family at Holdsworth House, Holmfield, tomorrow.