‘Work hard and play hard – and Guinness daily’

Florence Kerry celebrates her 100th birthday with daughter Eunice Butters.
Florence Kerry celebrates her 100th birthday with daughter Eunice Butters.

THE SECRET to long life is a drop of the black stuff according to a Spalding woman celebrating her 100th birthday this week.

Former shop manager Florence Kerry has found that a glass of Guinness works wonders ever since she was prescribed it as a “tonic” for anaemia during World War Two.

She said: “I was very ill in my younger life and lost just over a stone within five weeks.

“I asked my doctor for a tonic and he said ‘You can drink a bottle of Guinness every night’. I was back to my normal weight within weeks and that’s what has kept me going.”

Mrs Kerry, of Saxon Close, received flowers and cards, including one from the Queen, for her birthday on Tuesday which she celebrated with her daughter, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

“It was a very special day and quite a big achievement when I think about how hard I’ve worked all my life,” Mrs Kerry said.

She was born in Moulton Chapel and worked at the old Woolworths store in Spalding for 35 years, including four years as store manager, before leaving a few years after marrying her late husband Charles.

Mrs Kerry also worked at Hortico Nurseries in Spalding for eight years until retiring in the early 1960s.

She said: “People should work hard, play hard and drink a drop of Guinness.”