‘Cheeky’ gran, 107, says secret to a long life is 13 cups of tea a day

‘Cheeky’ gran, 107, says secret to a long life is 13 cups of tea a day


Many of us are desperate to learn the secret to a long and healthy life.

And according to a 107-year-old woman, it’s cups of tea that have sustained her through the decades.

Renee Glover, who is believed to be the oldest woman in Darlington, Durham, drinks a whopping 13 mugs of brew a day.

Her granddaughter Sarah Renwick told Chronicle Live: "Nana has 13 cups of tea a day and says that's the secret to her long life. We think it's genetics, but she says it's cups of tea.

"She's got a great sense of humour. She's cheeky, feisty – in a funny way – and she's always joking.

"She's got these little catchphrases that she's known for. You walk in a room and she'll greet you with 'What do you know?'"

The 51-year-old added: "And she loves singing too. She can still hold a note and you'll often hear her singing 'I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts' – she's a right character…

"We all just adore nana. She's a bit part of our lives and we know we're very lucky to have her."

Renee grew up in Frosterley, County Durham, with her older sister Nancy and parents Frank and Ethel Carruthers.

Frank worked as policeman when Renee was born and later went on to be Head Gamekeeper for Sir William Eden of Windlestone Hall, who was the father of British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden.

Renee's mum Ethel worked as a nursery nurse until she had her two children, who both inherited Ethel's love of singing and joined the local choir.

Aged 19, Renee married Edwin Glover in Coundon Church and they went on to have one daughter, Judith.

The couple met while Renee was working as an assistant at a local food shop and Edwin was a bus driver.

His route would regularly stop at the bus stop outside Renee's shop and one day he gained the courage to ask her to a dance.

The couple enjoyed a happy marriage until Edwin died in his late 50s and Renee moved in with her daughter Judith, 84.

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During the Second World War, Renee was in charge of ammunitions at the Royal Ordinance Factory in Newton Aycliffe, where the workers were known as the 'Aycliffe Angels'.

But now she is known as 'The Queen' to staff and residents at Wilton House care home, in Darlington, where she has lived for five years.

Yesterday, they helped her celebrate her 107th birthday ahead of her visit from family, which was unable to go ahead as planned last year due to stricter Covid restrictions.

Happy birthday Renee!

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