— This 112-year-old woman credits her long life to whisky
— I still feel the same as I did when I was 60, she says
Grace Jones, the oldest person in Britain, is celebrating her 112th birthday tomorrow.
She’s known to her friends as ‘Amazing Grace’ and she says that the secret to her long life is knocking back a dram of whisky every day for the last 60 years.
Her nightly tipple is a measure of Famous Grouse. Grace was born in 1906, the year that the world’s oldest gas balloon race was first held and suffragettes disrupted the State Opening of Parliament.
It was also the year that the Bakerloo and Piccadilly Lines on the London Underground were first opened. Originally from Liverpool, Grace came into the world just five years after the death of Queen Victoria. She’s survived the first and second world wars and lived through 26 prime ministers.
Coincidentally, Grace has taken the title of Britain’s oldest person from another woman, also called Grace Jones. The previous title-holder was born in 1899 and died at 113 in November 2013.
Grace is a former millinery factory owner and mother of one, and now lives in Broadway, Worcestershire. She says: ‘I never miss my night cap. All I have is the whisky at night. ‘Whisky is very good for you.
‘I started having a nightly tot of it when I turned 50 so I’ve been having it every night for the last 60 years and I certainly have no intention of stopping now. ‘My doctor said “keep up with the whisky Grace, it’s good for your heart”. ‘I still feel the same as I did when I was 60.
‘The best memory of my life was when I married my husband Leonard. He was a true gentleman, the son of a parson. ‘We were always together and we loved one another.’
Grace married chief engineer Leonard Roderick Jones in 1933 in Liverpool. They enjoyed 53 years on marriage until he died in 1986, aged 79. Grace still says she’s in good health. ‘I feel fine. I feel full of spirit. I have received lots of nice cards and presents this year and they are still coming in. We will be here next year as well.’ Grace is going to celebrate her milestone birthday surrounded by her friends and family in a large country estate called Buckland Manor. Her lunch will be accompanied by a complimentary glass of whisky.
Deidre McCarthy, Grace’s daughter, is 80 years old and she admires her mother’s long life. ‘My mother is extraordinary’, she said. ‘She’s still very particular over her appearance and insists on always looking her best. ‘Once she married my father she very much became a lady of leisure.
‘She enjoys meeting people and still reads a little and watches television. ‘Each week her carer takes her into Broadway where she likes to do a little shopping if the weather is nice; she is in amazing health but her hearing is a little poor. ‘She is glamorous, beautiful and intelligent. She is really alert and still with it. ‘She loves her tot of whisky every evening before she goes to bed and why not? Whisky is her thing and she’s been having it for the last 60 years. ‘I must say I certainly take after her in that regard, it’s the perfect way to unwind at the end of the day and it’s certainly done my mother no end of good.’ Happy birthday Grace, we hope you have a wonderful day with the people you love and enjoy a healthy tot of Famous Grouse. If the regular nightcap is really the secret of Grace’s long life, then pass the whisky.