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Centenarian Beattie reveals her secret to a long life

By Steven Alexander

Belfast Telegraph reader Beattie Taylor has just got her telegram from the Queen - but it’s her secret of long life that will make the headlines.

The new centenarian yesterday celebrated her landmark birthday with three other generations of her family.

Daughter Pearl Stewart, granddaughter Emma Forrest, and great grandaughter Beth Forrest all joined sprightly Beattie at Tullaghmurry Fold in Portstewart.

Asked what the secret to long life was, Beattie revealed it was “just being happy” — but then added that her happiness had been thanks to her marriage to her late husband Ernest, who died some years ago.

“I was married at 24 and never had a cross word from my husband. He never once contradicted me,” she laughed. The couple had been chemists and had stores in Londonderry and Portstewart through the years.

And Beattie is happy to be living in the beautiful seaside resort of Portstewart.

She has been reading the Telegraph for many years, and picked up her copy yesterday — as well as her special card from the Queen.

“There was a lovely photo of the Queen in the card,” said Beattie.

“She congratulated me and wished me every happiness in the future.”

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