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Secret behind reaching 100? Cider vinegar

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 19, 2014

By Jeff Wells

Mavis Airey  gave away her secret recipe after celebrating her 100th birthday with a lavish party on Saturday. The great-grandmother revealed that she drinks a hot mixture of cider vinegar and honey daily

Mavis Airey gave away her secret recipe after celebrating her 100th birthday with a lavish party on Saturday. The great-grandmother revealed that she drinks a hot mixture of cider vinegar and honey daily

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Arguably the West's most radiant centenarian has revealed the secret to her youthful looks – a potent brew of cider vinegar and honey which she drinks every morning.

Mavis Airey, from Cheltenham, gave away her secret recipe after celebrating her 100th birthday with a lavish party on Saturday.

The great-grandmother revealed that she drinks the hot mixture before breakfast every day and she says it has kept her "looking youthful" even into her 11th decade. Mrs Airey, who looks strikingly young for her age, also put her longevity down to "good luck" and a "never surrender attitude".

She said: "Every morning before breakfast I have cider vinegar and honey in hot water and it keeps me looking youthful.

"I've just lived my life through all the rough times, including the war and difficult family times. I never expected to reach 100. If you get to be 100, you're just damn lucky.

"It is sheer luck. Things that have happened for me just went the right way at the time."

Mrs Airey entertained 60 guests at her 100th birthday party and she made sure there was enough booze to make the party go with a swing.

She laid on two cases of red wine and enough white wine for everyone to have a great time.

"It was a terrific night, I've never had a birthday party like it," she added.

"And I am not likely to have another one like it – turning 101 isn't as exciting as the big 100, is it?"

More than 60 people turned up for the party in her flat.

As well as raising a family of four boys, Mavis has travelled the world, nursed wounded soldiers in the Second World War, fiercely campaigned as a councillor in Kent and enjoyed countless rounds of golf.

Mavis may have been forced to adopt a slower lifestyle in recent years but that does not stop her enjoying herself – she did not stop driving until she was 97.

And she said she was still determined to look presentable at all times.

She said: "Dear old souls give up too soon. You shouldn't give up. I have a hat that I wear on occasion and my hat says 'I will never surrender'."

Mavis also has other tips for keeping young.

London-born Mavis is lucky enough to be blessed with an ever expanding family of four children, Nicholas, 65, Timothy, 63, Dale, 61, Maxwell, 59, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren who continue to fill her life with joy and benefit from her words of wisdom.

She recalled her days working for Westerham Local Council in Kent: "I took a great deal of interest in everything. I was very enthusiastic.

"The Almshouses were going to be pulled down and I made such a fuss about it – I created mayhem. I kept on and on and on until they changed their mind."

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  • Free2opine  |  March 19 2014, 8:32AM

    Coo, Mrs Airey, I don't know about you just being the Wests most radiant centenarian, but, you could also give many women, 40 years your junior, a run for their money!!!! And what a lovely smile. Congratulations on reaching 100.

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