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Eastend Emily reaches 102

PUBLISHED: 18:08 30 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:49 11 August 2010

THE SECRET to old age is a happy, content life and work, according to someone who should know. Emely McGhee, who celebrated her 102nd birthday last Friday, has been following two simple mantras in her life. She said: My philosophy in life is when you ca

THE SECRET to old age is a happy, content life and work, according to someone who should know.

Emely McGhee, who celebrated her 102nd birthday last Friday, has been following two simple mantras in her life.

She said: "My philosophy in life is 'when you can't do a good deed you don't do a bad one'.

"I always say 'we all come in with nothing and we go out with nothing'."

When asked how she felt about her 102nd birthday, she cheerfully replied: "You are as old as you feel."

Mrs McGhee was born in Bow in the East End of London on June 20, 1906, as one of 15 children.

She used to live in Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, and can still remember strolling down to Roman Road market.

About 70 years ago, she joined the great eastward migration of East End Londoners into the newly built affordable houses in Barking and Dagenham.

She still lives in the house she and her husband moved into back then, in Treswell Road, Dagenham.

While he used to earn a living at Ford's Motor Company, Mrs McGhee was in charge of the cleaners at Telephone Cables factory in Dagenham Dock.

Mrs McGhee reckons that the daily work helped her reach her age but she also believes she is simply very lucky.

Her two daughters, Cecilia, 61, and Anne, 63, also still live in Dagenham.

She has three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


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