Centenary celebration at favourite pub for active Peterborough woman

100-year-old  Win Vine ast the Blue Bell pub, Glinton with proprietor  William Frankgate EMN-150413-140319009

100-year-old Win Vine ast the Blue Bell pub, Glinton with proprietor William Frankgate EMN-150413-140319009

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A Peterborough woman toasted her 100th birthday in the company of family, friends and the taxi drivers who take her to her favourite pub.

Win Vine raised a glass of her favourite red wine at the Blue Bell in Glinton on Tuesday to mark the landmark occasion.

100-year-old  Win Vine  at a party with over 60's at Glinton village centre with Mayor David Over EMN-150413-140437009

100-year-old Win Vine at a party with over 60's at Glinton village centre with Mayor David Over EMN-150413-140437009

Win, from Northborough, was joined by the staff at White Knight Cars who have been taking her to the Blue Bell for the last decade where she eats twice a week with son Colin Wootten (77) and daughter-in-law Shirley.

The pub put on an evening buffet meal and produced a cake for Win to mark her birthday. The celebration came a day after the Mayor and Mayoress of Peterborough, Councillor David Over and Rita Over, visited Win at the Glinton Friendship Club, in the Glinton Village Hall, and presented her with a silver box.

Win said: “I had a wonderful night at the Blue Bell. There was a beautiful buffet, it was really great.

“It’s nice there and I can meet my son and his wife for a meal. It gets me out of the house.

Win Vine

I had a wonderful night at the Blue Bell.

“I invited the drivers because they have been so good and kind to me.”

Will Frankgate (30) who owns the Blue Bell, in High Street, said: “She is a lovely lady and you would not believe she is 100. She’s probably more switched on than most of us.

“She likes a glass of wine with her meals and she likes her fish when she comes on a Thursday. On Sunday it is always a traditional roast.”

Wendy Gale, who works in the office at White Knight, said: “Win is absolutely wonderful, a really nice lady. She told all of us we are going.

“It was a very nice evening.”

Win, who also has a daughter called Vera (69), grew up at Wilderness Farm in Deeping St James and was one of a family of nine.

She used to help her mother sell eggs and butter at her grandfather’s greengrocer’s shop in Gladstone Street, Peterborough.

Win took in girls who were working in the munitions factory during World War Two, and following the war’s end she worked in catering at Peterborough District Hospital and as an office filer at Baker Perkins.

Win lives on her own following the death of husband George 10 years ago to cancer and has a wheelchair she uses at her home.

She keeps herself occupied through quilting, sewing, knitting and word searches.

Win said: “I’ve had a happy life with no regrets. I’m happy and content.

“I feel quite satisfied and have two wonderful children who can look after themselves.

“I’m happy that I can look after myself and that I still have my mind.”

Win received her card from the Queen on Tuesday to mark her birthday. She added: “It was a wonderful card and there was a lovely photo of the Queen inside.”