MIRIAM Quamina's first memory of arriving in Huddersfield was the cold weather.
Her long journey from the warmth of Trinidad was greeted with a cold June breeze when she arrived at Bland Street, Lockwood, in 1961.
"The cold was a big shock," she said. "The winters were really bad back in the 1960s. I found it really hard."
Mrs Quamina, who has just celebrated her 90th birthday, has lived in Prospect Street, Springwood, since 1980.
She is thought to be the oldest member of Huddersfield's African-Caribbean community.
She spoke with the Examiner during Black History Month and gave her impressions of life in England over the last 40-plus years.
But she was keen to stress she had encountered none of the racism which many African- Caribbean and Asian immigrants faced when they arrived in Britain during the 60s.
She worked alongside white colleagues at Standard Fireworks, making fireworks for more than 10 years, and never experienced difficulties.
"It was lovely there," she said. "It was piece work, so you had to work hard. But we were accepted as part of the workforce and were paid the same as anybody else."
Mrs Quamina was born in Pembroke, on the picturesque island of Tobago. She moved to the neighbouring island of Trinidad as a young woman.
Her grown-up son, George, followed her to England in 1962 and her niece, Dina, came in 1964. Mrs Quamina adopted her and brought up as her own daughter.
A deeply religious woman, Mrs Quamina has attended St Stephen's Church at Rashcliffe for 42 years.
She thanks God for her long life, although many of her relatives lived to good ages.
Her auntie reached 100, her uncle 97 and her own mother 89.
And she says old age is her happiest time of life, being able to sit back and relax and be well cared for. "I thank God for my health and living to four score years and 10," she said.
"When you're old you get accustomed to everything.
You can just sit back and enjoy life," she added.