14/01/2015 11:35 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Great Grandmother Turns 104 Without A Single Grey Hair


A great grandmother who celebrated her 104th birthday last week has revealed she's yet to find a single grey hair on her head.

Freda Taylor, from Coventry, still has a full head of naturally brown hair - despite the stress of living through two world wars.

Freda was born in 1911, into a family of eight brothers and sisters. One of her earliest memories dates back to the start of the First World War.

"One of my earliest memories happened over 100 years ago on July 28, 1914 in Blackpool," she told local paper Nuneaton News. "I remember overhearing my father telling someone on the beach that he'd just heard on the radio that we were at war."

Freda married her husband Gordon just before the start of the Second World War. They had one child, a son called Keith.

Throughout the war Freda worked for Hinkley Building Society, couriering money between businesses around Bedford on her bike, while Gordon was part of the war effort in the Middle East.

'One of the main memories I have of the Second World War was on November 14, 1940, she said. "The night Coventry suffered its biggest bombing raid.

"I had four-year-old Keith with me and my dad drove us in his car from the outskirts of Coventry to relative safety in Bulkington.

"It was a wicked journey and a night I will never forget. The bangs were horrible and made us all jump."

Freda now lives at Fairfield Care Home. She says the secret behind her youthful tresses isn't a fancy hair treatment - just leading a healthy lifestyle.

"I definitely put my healthy hair down to staying healthy all through my life - no cigarettes or big nights in the pub for me," she said.

"I remember my brothers and I being under strict orders from dad not to smoke, and because I looked up to him so much, it was something I never did.

"I've never been much of a drinker either, so my advice to people would be to follow my dad's advice and look after yourselves."

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