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Minnie's secrets to reaching 106.

ONE of the oldest women in South Wales has celebrated her 106th birthday.

Minnie Williams, from Ystrad Mynach, saw in her big day with family and friends at Glan yr Afon care home in Fleur de Lys, Blackwood.

The sprightly pensioner enjoyed homemade birthday cake and a glass or two of low-alcohol sparkling wine with her fellow residents.

Born in 1903, Minnie grew up in Maesycwmmer with three brothers and four sisters.

Now she always wears lipstick, never gets colds and still picks up her newspaper every day to find out what is going on in the world.

Minnie's niece, Joan Krafts, greatniece Helen Hessam and great-greatnieces Sara and Kazia Hessam visited her at Glan yr Afon to celebrate.

Having suffered a broken hip last autumn, Minnie had a short stay at Ystrad Mynach's cottage hospital before going to the nursing home.

Helen said: "Auntie Minnie is very deaf and her hip will never truly heal but she is on no pain medication at all, is always cheerful and never fails to bring a smile to everyone.

"We fully anticipate that she will be going strong for many years to come."

She added: "We were made extremely welcome by all at the care home and would like to commend it to the Echo. All too often we hear negative stories about care for the elderly but the high standard and quality of care afforded to our aunt should be noted."

When asked what advice a 106-year-old has for the rest of us, blue-eyed Minnie replied: "Be thankful for your talents, don't work too hard. My brothers worked too hard, you shouldn't overdo it. Don't eat greasy dinners, they give me a headache, and health is the best thing you can have."

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Minnie Williams, with her great-great-nieces Sara Hessam, 15, and Kazia Hessam, 12, celebrates her 106th birthday
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 31, 2009
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