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106-year-old Covid survivor says secret to long life is whisky

Mary Nicholson, who has survived the coronavirus twice and just celebrated her 106th birthday, says the secret to a long life is “a tipple of whisky at night”.

As reported by the Daily Mail, the hardy pensioner, known by her nickname ‘Polly’, beat Covid-19 for a second time after testing positive on New Year’s Eve.

Covid survivor Mary Nicholson, known as Polly, says whisky and full fat milk are the secrets to a long life. Photo courtesy of Good Morning Britain

Nicholson, who lives at the Elizabeth Court Care Home in Merseyside, puts her longevity down to drinking full fat milk and enjoying “a tipple of whisky at night”.

She also believes her butter and cream-rich diet has helped her go the distance, and said she was feeling “healthier than ever” on her 106th birthday this Tuesday.

“It’s a big birthday – 106. I’ve been fantastic and I’m happy and enjoying myself.

“I couldn’t tell you how lovely my birthday has been. It was a lovely sensation to find cards and presents that were given to me. It’s nice to be able to celebrate after being in isolation because of the virus,” Nicholson told the Daily Mail.

The centenarian former canteen cook has survived two world wars and three flu pandemics. Born in England on 12 January 1915, Nicholson, who has Scottish ancestry, never married.

Her 68-year old niece, Jean Humphreys, from Warrington in Cheshire, describes her as “fiercely independent, funny and loving”.

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