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Grandma celebrates 100th birthday, while her sister is 104!

Soon-to-be 100-year-old 
Mollie Bennett and 104-year-old Maggie Robinson. Below, the sisters with their dad Richard Robinson, on his 100th birthday in 1987

Soon-to-be 100-year-old Mollie Bennett and 104-year-old Maggie Robinson. Below, the sisters with their dad Richard Robinson, on his 100th birthday in 1987

They say that longevity runs in families - and Mollie Bennett has her sights set on following her family tradition as she prepares to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Next weekend, she will then be the third member of her family to reach the milestone, after her father saw a full century, and her sister is 104 years old.

And the Leyland great-grandmother said the secret to a long and happy life was hard work, helping other people – and good food.

Mollie has lived in Leyland most of her life, and is currently staying in a rest home with her sister, 104-year-old Maggie Robinson.

She said: “The secret is hard work, helping others, and good food.

“We were brought up where mother did all her own baking – everything was home made, even the bread.

“And my mother was always helping somebody and she taught us that helping other people was part of being a good Christian.”

She added: “Hard work never killed anybody, my mother said, and so I carried it with me because she was always right.

“I always worked hard, and I’ve always enjoyed work.”

Mollie was married to husband Harold, and has two daughters, Christine, 72, and Susan, 66.

She also has four grand children, and eight great grandchildren.

She worked at Leyland and Birmingham rubber company until her children were born, while her sister worked as a weaver in a cotton mill.

Maggie, who celebrated her 100th birthday in 2009, worked in the mill until she retired, except for five years during the Second World War, when she worked at an underground munitions factory in Euxton.

Maggie said: “Work never killed anybody – thoughts of it did.

“That’s what my dad said, and he lived to be 100.”

Mollie will have a tea party next Sunday with friends and family to celebrate her birthday.

 

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