SHE’S lived through two world wars and seen five monarchs and no fewer than 20 prime ministers come and go.
She was born in the same year as the Russian Revolution took place, Albert Einstein came up with the theory of relativity and the Wright Brothers made history with a flight lasting a dizzying 39 minutes.
And on Saturday Winnie Hewines made a little history of her own — by celebrating her 106th birthday.
The great-great grandmother marked the occasion with family and friends at Abbotsford Care home in Newburgh, where she has lived for the past two years, only giving up her own home in Bridge of Earn, Perthshire, at the age of 104.
Having grown up in Walsall, in the Midlands, Winnie moved to Scotland about 20 years ago, when she lost her beloved husband Fred, to be nearer her son Bob and daughter-in-law Jane, who live near Dunkeld.
She has lost count of the number of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren she has, but taking pride of place amongst the family photos on her wall is a picture of the latest arrival, Harry Hewines, who was born in February this year.
Winnie has absolutely no idea how she’s managed to reach the age of 106, although the fact that she’s virtually tee-total and has never smoked tells its own story.
Almost all her life she has suffered the pain of arthritis, but despite being physically delicate she’s grateful that her mind is still active.
She says: “No-one goes through life without any problems, so you just have to get on with it.
“Having a positive outlook helps a lot though.
“My parents always taught me to respect other people and help them in whatever way you can, so I’ve tried to live by that.
“I was amazed when I reached 105 and I certainly never thought I’d see my 106th birthday. I must be a lot stronger than I think!”
Born in Walsall in 1905, Winnie was one of a family of five, four daughters and a son, all of whom she has outlived.
“One of the sad things about being my age is that you lose so many friends and relatives and you can get a bit lonely,” she says.
“I’m very grateful that I have a wonderful family who visit me regularly.”
To mark the special day, a party was held in the Abbotsford attended by staff and members of Winnie’s family.