Meet the 104-year-old who cooks and drinks gin
Marion Priest is no ordinary elderly person.
The centenarian, who lives in Churchdown and has just celebrated her 104th birthday, is remarkably sprightly despite her great age.
She says good health, happiness and a nightly gin and tonic are the key things to her long life.
Born in 1913 in Kidderminster, she worked in the town’s carpet works before moving to Gloucester with her husband John in 1937. She worked as a supervisor at the city’s carpet works for 17 years, until she retired at the age of 63.
She has one daughter, three grandsons, four great grandsons and one great granddaughter.
They helped her celebrate her birthday at her home in Tynings Court, a Severn Vale Housing Society retirement complex, along with friends and fellow residents.
Mrs Priest said: “I’ve never been bothered about birthdays, but I was thrilled to get my third telegram from the Queen.
“I’ve lived here for 27 years and I’m very happy.
“I enjoy meeting up with other residents on the scheme, playing cards and bingo.”
Despite her advanced years, Mrs Priest remains as independent as possible and still lives in her own flat at the complex in Albermarle Road.
As well as enjoying her daily tipple, she still cooks herself sausages and mash and bacon and eggs.
Gloucestershire’s oldest person is thought to be Ralph Vyvyan Hoare, who lives in Gloucester and is 109.
And the county’s oldest woman is believed to be 108-year-old Margaret Wilkin, who lives just outside Tewkesbury.
The oldest person in Britain is said to be 113-year-old Bessie Camm who lives in Rotherham.
News By Gloucestershire Live.