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Fans are left in awe by Baroness Floella Benjamin’s, 72, youthful appearance

Baroness Floella Benjamin wowed Lorraine viewers with her youthful appearance on Thursday as she discussed the Windrush celebrations, her new book and her incredible career.

The 72-year-old, known for her role as a host of children’s programs, including Play School, joked to Lorraine Kelly, 62, that the secret to her appearance is cod liver oil, which her mother gave her when she was younger.

The star also shared how she would get emotional on Wednesday’s Windrush Day as she unveiled the National Windrush Monument alongside Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Smasher: Baroness Floella Benjamin stunned Lorraine viewers with her youthful appearance on Thursday as she discussed the Windrush celebrations, her new book and her incredible career

Smasher: Baroness Floella Benjamin stunned Lorraine viewers with her youthful appearance on Thursday as she discussed the Windrush celebrations, her new book and her incredible career

Viewers listening to the show became very distracted by Floella’s youthful glow and quickly rushed to Twitter to share their compliments.

‘Floella Benjamin hasn’t aged since I saw her at Playschool about 40 years ago!!’ tweeted one person.

While another: ‘I watch @floellabenjamin on Lorraine and she looks EXACTLY the same as when I watched her on Playschool 38/40 years ago!! The woman doesn’t age at all!!!’

Still fab: The 72-year-old, known for her role hosting children's programs including Play School, joked to Lorraine Kelly, 62, that the secret to her appearance is cod liver oil, which her mother gave her when she was younger [pictured in 1983]

Still fab: The 72-year-old, known for her role hosting children’s programs including Play School, joked to Lorraine Kelly, 62, that the secret to her appearance is cod liver oil, which her mother gave her when she was younger [pictured in 1983]

“Floella looks great for 72,” commented a third stunned spectator.

“Floella Benjamin hasn’t aged in 40 years,” noted a fifth person.

Agreeing with another: ‘Can you ask Floella what she uses to make herself look so fabulous!!!!! She’s barely aged a day since Play School Days. Amazing woman!’

Touching: The star also shared how she would get emotional on Windrush Day Wednesday as she joined Prince William and Kate Middleton for the unveiling of the National Windrush Monument

Touching: The star also shared how she would get emotional on Windrush Day Wednesday as she joined Prince William and Kate Middleton for the unveiling of the National Windrush Monument

During the interview, Floella talked about her childhood, where she revealed the secrets of her fresh eyes.

She told Lorraine, “The secret of life is knowing that you are loved. My mother and day, especially my mother, poured love into us every day of my life.

‘She told me and my five siblings and poured cod liver oil in us too! That’s why I look so good at 72! 73 almost. Cod liver oil is the secret!’

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Response: Viewers who tuned in to the show were very distracted by Floella's youthful glow and rushed to Twitter to share their compliments

Response: Viewers who tuned in to the show were very distracted by Floella’s youthful glow and rushed to Twitter to share their compliments

Meanwhile, Floella opened up to her pride and emotion as she was part of the unveiling of a national monument at one of London’s largest railway stations to celebrate the dreams and courage of the Windrush generation.

Floella, who moved to the UK from Trinidad at the age of 10, explained: ‘I felt so emotional standing there on the platform and thought 62 years ago, I arrived at Waterloo, platform 19 with my small grip – My suitcase. Looking at the huge cathedral like building.

“Don’t know I would be on the platform to erect a Windrush monument to honor the contribution Caribbean people have made to this country.

“A tear came to my eye, it was so emotional.”

Pride: Meanwhile, Floella opened up about her pride and emotion as she was part of the unveiling of a national monument at one of London's largest railway stations to celebrate the dreams and courage of the Windrush generation

Pride: Meanwhile, Floella opened up about her pride and emotion as she was part of the unveiling of a national monument at one of London’s largest railway stations to celebrate the dreams and courage of the Windrush generation

Reminder: Floella, who moved to the UK from Trinidad at the age of 10, explained: 'I felt so emotional standing there on the platform and thought 62 years ago I arrived in Waterloo'

Reminder: Floella, who moved to the UK from Trinidad at the age of 10, explained: ‘I felt so emotional standing there on the platform and thought 62 years ago I arrived in Waterloo’

The Windrush Generation is named after the ship that brought one of the first groups of West Indian migrants to the UK in 1948 to help rebuild post-war Britain.

Over the next 25 years, thousands followed, taking jobs to fill shortages, especially in the burgeoning NHS.

Windrush Day on June 22 marks the 74th anniversary of the Empire Windrush arriving at Tilbury Docks in Essex, bringing about 500 people from Jamaica.

Speaking at the statue’s unveiling, Prince William acknowledged that the future the Windrush generation sought and “deserved” has not yet materialized, saying: “Discrimination remains an all-too-familiar experience for black men and women in Great Britain. Britain in 2022.’

Touching: 'Didn't know I would be on the platform to erect a Windrush monument to honor the contribution Caribbean people have made to this country.  'A tear came to my eye, it was so emotional'

Touching: ‘Didn’t know I would be on the platform to erect a Windrush monument to honor the contribution Caribbean people have made to this country. ‘A tear came to my eye, it was so emotional’

History: The Windrush generation is named after the ship [pictured] who brought one of the first groups of West Indian migrants to the UK in 1948 to help rebuild post-war Britain

History: The Windrush generation is named after the ship [pictured] who brought one of the first groups of West Indian migrants to the UK in 1948 to help rebuild post-war Britain

Just a matter of years ago, tens of thousands of that generation were deeply wronged by the Windrush scandal. That rightly reverberates throughout the Caribbean community here in the UK, as well as many in the Caribbean countries.

That’s why, in addition to celebrating the diverse fabric of our families, our communities, and our society as a whole—something the Windrush Generation contributed so much to—it’s also important to recognize the ways in which the future they sought and deserved. has yet to come to pass.’

The statue – of a man, woman and child in their Sunday outfit atop suitcases – was unveiled on Wednesday at Waterloo Station to mark Windrush Day.

It was designed by Jamaican artist and sculptor Basil Watson, who said it had been an honor to create the monument.

Amazing: The statue - of a man, woman and child in their Sunday best standing on suitcases - was unveiled on Wednesday at Waterloo Station to mark Windrush Day

Amazing: The statue – of a man, woman and child in their Sunday best standing on suitcases – was unveiled on Wednesday at Waterloo Station to mark Windrush Day

The government, which has provided £1 million in funding for the project, said it “symbolizes the courage, dedication and resilience of the thousands of men, women and children who traveled to the UK from 1948 to 1971 to start a new life.” to start’.

It also recognizes the ‘outstanding contribution’ of the Windrush generation to British society and is intended to be ‘a permanent place of reflection’, it added.

Waterloo station was chosen because thousands of people arriving from the Caribbean passed through the station on their way to start their new lives across the country, the government said.

The unveiling was one of dozens of events and activities across England to celebrate Windrush Day 2022.

Speech: Prince William (pictured) acknowledging that the future the Windrush generation sought and 'deserved' has not yet materialized, saying: 'Discrimination remains an all-too-familiar experience for black men and women in Britain in 2022'

Speech: Prince William (pictured) acknowledging that the future the Windrush generation sought and ‘deserved’ has not yet materialized, saying: ‘Discrimination remains an all-too-familiar experience for black men and women in Britain in 2022’

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