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CENTENARIAN: Rickmansworth Tesco celebrate 100th birthday of most loyal customer

 Published on: 24th February 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

Wynne Laidlaw, who lives in Chipperfield, turned 100 years old on February 23, and was treated to a special birthday celebration at Rickmansworth Tesco, where she is their eldest customer.

Tesco decided to treat one of their loyal customers to a party, where she was joined by some of her favourite staff members.

Wynne was a part of four generations of her family, with her daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren also present at the store.

The superstore gifted Wynne some presents such as flowers, chocolates and homemade cakes.

Wynne was born back in 1920 in Herne Hill in London and married her husband, Hunter, after the Second World War finished in 1945.

Before that, Wynne did voluntary work at the Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Taplow, where she helped the wounded patients by reading to them and sometimes writing letters for those who were blind or severely injured.

Wynne lived in Northwood for most of her life where she and her husband lived in the house they built for 55 years, before moving to Chipperfield in 2005 to live with their daughter, where she still lives now.

Hunter sadly passed away shortly after they moved to Chipperfield, but spent his last days surrounded by family around him.

Wynne still lives with her daughter and live-in carer Sharon, and regularly sees her two grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Steve Nixon, the store manager of Rickmansworth Tesco, said: “It was great to see Wynne and four generations of her family in our store to celebrate a fantastic 100th birthday.

“Wynne has shopped with us for many years and we are really grateful that she made time to celebrate with us on such a milestone birthday.

“From all of us at Tesco, happy 100th birthday Wynne.” 

A family member of Wynne said: “Perhaps the secret to her long life is the sherry at lunchtime and the gin and tonic (ordinary not slimline) in the evening.”

“She sees her two grandchildren and for great grandchildren on a regular basis, and of course, visits Tesco in Rickmansworth at least once a week.”

The family have been contacted by Her Majesty The Queen, and Wynne is expecting a letter from Buckingham Palace to mark the milestone age.

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