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SHERRY HAPPY RETURNS, DOT! Widow, 107, says booze is secret to long life.

Byline: LUCY THORNTON

SPRIGHTLY Dorothy Peel celebrated turning 107 - and claimed daily boozing was her secret to a long life.

The pensioner enjoys a half pint of sherry and two whiskies every day - as well as the odd ciggie.

Dot, who also had pink champagne for her birthday, said: "So much for smoking and drinking is not good for you. I'm living proof that a little of what you fancy does you good."

She believes never having had kids also helped and added: "That's probably why I look and feel so good." She once smoked 20 a day but cut down when she got bronchitis at 96 and doctors warned her life was in danger. Dot, who lives in a home in Bridlington, East Yorks, said: "I never dreamt I'd get to 107. I'm a cheeky character and love an occasional cigarette." She puts her love of the good life down to husband Frederick giving her gin in an air raid shelter. She said: "He opened a bottle and I was hooked."

They wed in 1956, when she was 54, and Frederick died in 1975. She said: "Our passion was music, dancing and the odd tipple." Sandie Turvey, who runs her residential home, said: "She's fabulous and has an active mind."

ANNIE Butler, Britain's second oldest woman, has died at 112. Annie, of Leamington Spa, Warks, said she did nothing "to excess, apart from a drop of sherry once in a while".

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