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The Secret to a Long Life

Put a bet on the horses every day

A woman who has just celebrated her 100th birthday has revealed the secret to a long life – putting a bet on the horses every day. Cecilia Reeve, known as Sally, puts £1 every day on a horse at her local bookies, even on a Sunday. Sally, who still lives independently in the house she has been in since she was a baby, places a £1 each-way bet on horse racing each morning. She then spends her afternoons watching the races on TV.

Although she can no longer walk to the betting shop herself, Sally makes sure her friend and carer Susie Moore puts the daily bet on for her. Susie said: ‘I think that’s what keeps her alive. Some days she does very well, other days very bad, but it doesn’t matter. It keeps her brain active.
When the pensioner turned 100 this week, it wasn’t just a card from the Queen she received, she also got one from her local Betfred for being their oldest customer. Susie added: ‘Everybody loves Sal. She’s a good laugh and has always loved her racing since she was a lass.’

As well as racing Sally loves a tipple of Guinness, a bar of chocolate and a game of bingo. She lives independently in the same two-bed terraced house in Cheltenham where she was taken to by relatives aged three weeks after her mother died in childbirth.

During the war she worked putting out fires and told Susie the house was bombed. Susie said: ‘Her husband Harry went to war and she did her bit too. ‘She said at one point they got bombed and did not have any roof on the house. It was open to daylight and she used to sleep looking at the stars.

‘For many years she worked at a local laundry, Paragon at Hatherley, and they used to come home at ten o’clock every night. ‘I think life was hard back then and she still needs to keep busy and feel useful. She does little jobs for me like peeling the potatoes and veg.’ thumbnail for post ID 11007643Boris Johnson welcomes back 10 MPs who rebelled against him Sally and Harry never had any children, and Sally has been living alone since Harry died over 20 years ago. She remains a popular figure in the neighbourhood, with neighbours all coming together to throw a 100th birthday party for her at her local pub, Adam & Eve. Susie said: ‘Everybody wanted to do something for her and she remembers the days when there was a pub on every street corner.’

Source: | 31st August 2019