One of Britain’s oldest women celebrated her 105th birthday in a pub this week despite the coronavirus shut down across the country. Ellen Matthews was born on March 17, 1915, and has lived through 25 prime ministers, four monarchs and survived both world wars.
Ellen was adamant about continuing her birthday celebration and said that the coronavirus outbreak wasn’t going to stop her from celebrating with her family. So she enjoyed a glass of wine as well as afternoon tea at the Edge of Town pub in Northampton surrounded by relatives.
When asked what her secret to longevity is, Ellen, said ‘keep going in the face of adversity.’ And when asked why she wanted the celebration to go ahead despite the coronavirus outbreak sweeping Britain, she added: “You only die once.”