Renee Glover celebrated her 107th birthday today (Image: Chronicle Live)
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A 107-year-old woman who drinks 13 cups of tea every day thinks the brew is the secret to her long life.
Renee Glover was born on June 21, 1914, and today celebrated her birthday with cake, balloons and, of course, tea.
The woman from Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, has lived through two world wars, the influenza pandemic and the coronavirus pandemic.
She is believed to be the oldest woman living in Darlington, Chronicle Live reports.
Her granddaughter Sarah Renwick, 51, said: "Nana has 13 cups of tea a day and says that's the secret to her long life. We think it's genetics, but she says it's cups of tea."
Renee grew up in Frosterley, County Durham, with her older sister Nancy and parents Frank and Ethel Carruthers.
Renee aged four (right) with older sister Nancy
(Image: Chronicle Live)
Her dad was a policeman and her mum worked as a nurse.
When she was 19, Renee married Edwin Glover after meeting him while she worked as an assistant at a local food shop and he was a bus driver.
His route would regularly stop at the bus stop outside Renee's shop and one day he found the courage to ask her to dance.
The couple had a daughter, Judith, and had a happy marriage until Edwin died in his late 50s.
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During the Second World War, Renee was in charge of ammunitions at the Royal Ordinance Factory in Newton Aycliffe, where the workers were known as the "Aycliffe Angels".
But now she is known as "The Queen" to staff and residents at Wilton House care home, in Darlington, where she has lived for five years.
Because her birthday party today had to have a limited amount of people due to Covid restrictions, granddaughters Sarah and Ali asked the community to send Renee some cards to celebrate.
She had 587 cards delivered by a parade of local bikers and Sarah said she could not believe it – but was very happy to receive a visit from the bikers.
Her granddaughter added: "She's got a great sense of humour. She's cheeky, feisty – in a funny way – and she's always joking.
"She's got these little catchphrases that she's known for. You walk in a room and she'll greet you with 'What do you know?'
"And she loves singing too. She can still hold a note and you'll often hear her singing 'I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts' – she's a right character."
Sarah added: "We all just adore nana. She's a bit part of our lives and we know we're very lucky to have her."