Winnie still belle of ball at 100 years

Winnie Dickinson celebrates her 100th birthday with her old dance partner Michael Drury. Picture: Malcolm Billingham D0478MB
Winnie Dickinson celebrates her 100th birthday with her old dance partner Michael Drury. Picture: Malcolm Billingham D0478MB
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SHE still looks good on the dancefloor.

Winnie Dickinson celebrated her 100th birthday with a waltz at Parklands Sport and Social Club in Wheatley Hall Road, where she has been a regular for 20 years.

Dance club organiser Malinda Lygo put on a party for 120 friends and relatives for the milestone birthday on Saturday.

She said: “We had a really lovely day. We’ve put on a party for Winnie every year since she was 90 and I’ve already told her that I’ve booked the room for next year.

“We had a raffle instead of presents and raised £124 for the Aurora charity.”

Winnie, who lives at the Amethyst House Care Centre in Rossington, is originally from Colchester, Essex, but moved to Rossington nearly 75 years ago. Over her long life, she has held a range of jobs, including working as a dress maker.

Malinda added: “She’d had a perm especially for the party on Saturday and was wearing a lovely outfit for the occasion. She looked really good. She’s a very trendy lady.

“She’s been coming to dance sessions every week for many years. It’s only in last six weeks that she’s not come as her partner’s not been very well.

“At the party, she danced with one of our younger members. She always goes for the younger men!”

The birthday girl was also presented with a telegram from the Queen.