Birthday treat for smiling Cis

Cis Phillips celebrates her 100th birthday with her family and left Daughter Pam Beattie. Richard Ponter. 120415b
Cis Phillips celebrates her 100th birthday with her family and left Daughter Pam Beattie. Richard Ponter. 120415b
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A SCARBOROUGH lady celebrated her 100th birthday by tucking into her favourite meal of fish and chips with her family.

Cis Phillips, who lives at Briardene care home in Burniston Road, enjoyed a trip out to Ayton for her birthday lunch yesterday.

The sprightly centenarian, who was delighted to get a telegram from the Queen, told the Evening News she doesn’t feel 100 – and doesn’t think she looks it either!

Mrs Phillips added: “I really like celebrations. It’s nice to get everybody together.”

Having moved to Scarborough from South Shields after marrying her husband Daniel on Boxing Day in 1934, Mrs Phillips has lived here ever since.

The couple spent their working lives running an army and navy store in St Thomas Street.

Their daughter Pam Beattie, of Stepney Road, said: “Mum has always enjoyed Scarborough and being by the sea.

“She’s always been very caring and very patient. She’d look after my children, particularly the youngest, as I worked when they were little.

“Not once did she say ‘I can’t have them today’.”

Mrs Beattie said that her mum was always a great baker and knitter. She particularly enjoyed making soft toy scarecrows.

She added that the staff at Briardene do a wonderful job of looking after her and she enjoys visiting her mum often.

Mrs Phillips said she wasn’t sure what the secret was to living a long, happy life, but said she had always kept herself busy and had good friends.

Her mum Elizabeth lived to 104, so good genes may be playing their part too.