Great-grandmother Edith Pryor turns 100 on Christmas Day

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image captionEdith Pryor puts her long life down to friends, family and a nightly glass of whisky

A great-grandmother is celebrating her 100th birthday on Christmas Day.

Edith Pryor from north London puts her long life down to friends, family and a nightly glass of whisky.

She was spending Christmas Day with her two sons, daughter, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs Pryor said: "I count myself lucky to reach 100, especially with so many wonderful people around me. There are a lot of us, but it will be a lovely, if busy, day."

Born in London in 1917, Mrs Pryor lives at Bupa Erskine Hall care home in Northwood.

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image captionMrs Pryor was married to Edward for 60 years after meeting at college

She left school at 14 to work in a factory, before becoming a secretary at a firm that produced suitcases.

She met her husband Edward while studying shorthand and the couple were married for 60 years before he died in 2005.

Mrs Pryor said: "I'm often asked for my secret for a long life and my answer is always the same: the love of family and friends, along with a little whisky at the end of each day.

"I've always enjoyed having my birthday on Christmas. It's a lovely time of year and it's nice to have the family all together.

"Plus it's a great excuse to have two cakes."

Megan Guest, activities coordinator at Erskine Hall, said: "Edith is sharp as anything and always on the winning quiz team."

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