NOT smoking and drinking has helped Phyllis Richardson reach 100 years not out.

The great grandmother from Greenfield Avenue, Oakes, celebrated her 100th milestone on Monday.

Among the many cards on the mantelpiece at her son Trevor’s home was one from the Queen which she said gave her particular pleasure.

Sadly, her husband Jack died more than 32 years ago.

But as well as Trevor she has a daughter, Sylvia Crawshaw, 66, who lives in Salendine Nook and has given her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Phyllis was born in Longwood and worked in a mill from the age of 19 until her marriage to Jack in 1940.

She said: “Being 100 years old does not feel any different.

“I have not had many pitfalls. I have lived an ordinary life really.”