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Phyllis Pape celebrates her 100th birthday as she reveals secret to long life: Eat, sleep & repeat

The Mirfield resident used to pack parachutes for the forces during WWII

Centenarian Phyllis Pape had plenty to celebrate this week.

As the Mirfield resident reached triple figures she revealed the three words which have allowed her to reach the big 100: “Eat, sleep, repeat.”

Family from as far as Canada, Denmark and locations around the UK flocked to see Phyllis celebrate her 100th birthday at a party at the Christ the King Church, Battyeford.

Phyllis also revealed she takes the Examiner every single day, having even ordered the newspaper when she lived in Blackpool where she previously worked as a civil servant.

Nephew John Mellor said: “She had a brilliant day and she’s had a very interesting life.”

Phyllis worked packing parachutes for the armed forces during WWII as part of the Women’s Auxiliary Airforce, and before that worked in her father’s fish shop, Pape’s Fish, that was on King Street, Huddersfield.

100-year-old Phyllis Pape who celebrated her century with friends and family at Christ The King church, Battyeford.

She is also a trained hairdresser.

Despite having never married nor had children, Phyllis, who lives in Mirfield’s Radcliffe Care Home, has a big family of nieces and nephews going down four generations, and is a great-great-aunt.

John said: “She has eight nephews and nieces, including me, and great and great-great nephews and nieces.

“Lots of people made an effort and came from all over to see her on her birthday. She had a brilliant time and really enjoyed it.”

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As well as receiving a card from the Queen, Phyllis was also sent birthday wishes from the Royal British Legion following her efforts in the war.

John added: “Phyllis says her secret to a long life is just to take it one day at a time.

“She uses the phrase ‘Eat, Sleep, Repeat’ and enjoys food and a good night’s sleep.

“When she was blowing out the candles on her birthday cake she just wished for another birthday.”

100-year-old Phyllis Pape who celebrated her century with friends and family at Christ The King church, Battyeford.



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