Red wine is secret to Spaniard's 100 years

Dot Grange and Joy Scarlett celebrate with Salvador Moya with his wife Margaret

Dot Grange and Joy Scarlett celebrate with Salvador Moya with his wife Margaret

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by , Senior reporter for Trowbridge

War veteran Salvador Moya says his secret to a long life is a glass of red wine every day, after celebrating his 100th birthday at the Salvation Army’s pensioners club in Chippenham last week.

Mr Moya, who was born in Andalusia, Spain, fought for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War and served in the armed forces during the Second World War.

He joined the French Foreign Legion and saw action in Narvik, Norway. He spent six years in the British Army, during which time he took part in the D-Day landings.

The Chippenham Corps of the Salvation Army, where Mr Moya is a member of the Cameo lunch club, arranged a celebration for his 100th birthday last Wednesday.

Asked about his secret to a long life, Mr Moya said: “It is because I have a glass of red wine every day, although just the one, as it keeps me going.”

Mr Moya married Margaret in December 1942, after they met at the Co-op Hall in Chippenham, where they would both go dancing.

The couple, who have lived in the same house in Chippenham for more than 60 years, have four children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mr Moya had several jobs around Chippenham, eventually going to work at Westinghouse as a pipe fitter.

Mrs Moya, who helped teach her husband English, said: “We went to the club on Wednesday and they gave him a nice party. They made sure he had VIP treatment.

“He really enjoyed it. For those who couldn’t make it, we had another celebration on Sunday at the Rudloe Arms in Corsham.

“The Queen also sent him a card for his birthday, which he was very happy to receive.

“We have quite a few from her now as we had one for our 70th and 71st wedding anniversary.”

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