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John Smith’s helps OAP to 100

A Gloucestershire pensioner has credited a daily serving of John Smith’s beer with helping her to reach her 100th birthday.

“It keeps life going,” Dorothy Lashly told the Gloucestershire Echo about her customary pre-lunch glass of the Yorkshire-brewed ale.

Lashly’s daughter Margaret Lawson, who buys the beer, confirmed her mother’s brand loyalty, explaining to the paper: “It’s not too strong and it’s what she’s used to.” However, Mrs Lawson told the paper, “She’s not drinking the whole can now like she used to but she still enjoys it.”

The tradition is nothing new in the family, with Mrs Lawson recalling how her mother’s own parents used to enjoy a lunchtime glass of beer, which in their day came from a former brewery in Cheltenham and was stored in a barrel under the stairs.

Born in 1912, two years before the outbreak of the First World War, Dorothy Lashly is one of six children. Her older sister Kathleen also reached 100 before dying three years ago, while her brother Bill died in 2010 aged 99.

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