A great-grandfather has revealed his secret to long life as he celebrates his 100th birthday – a nice glass of red wine. Charlie Matthews marked his milestone surrounded by his family, while eating cake and drinking a glass of red. Charlie, who fought in the Second World War, has enjoyed a life of leisure following his retirement from accountancy over 43 years ago.
Spurs football fan Charlie enjoys gardening and living by the sea – but hails his long life down to the red Merlot he drinks. Asked what he thought was the key was to a long life, Charlie laughed: ‘Red wine – plenty of it has helped me live to be 100.’ Born in Caldicot, Monmouthshire on February 5, 1917, Charlie outlived both his twin brother Walter and younger sister Betty.
He served in the 1st Monmouthshire Rifle Battalion and later trained as an accountant and retired early in 1973. He met his wife of 60 years Marjorie Blackborow before she sadly passed away in 2009. They made their home by the sea and welcomed daughter and son Jenny and Peter and was delighted with the arrival of five grandchildren Caroline, Jon, Martin, Phil and Claire. (*Source: METRO Tuesday 7 Feb 2017)
Daughter Jenny said: ‘I am so proud that my kind and caring father has reached this great age – he is always cheerful and I have never heard him say a bad word about anyone.’ Charlie says he also loves living in Cleethorpes – ‘especially in the summer when all the tourists are out and about’. He is also a regular at his local resort chippy, and enjoys fish and chips for lunch every Friday.