Millie Lumb has just celebrated her 100th birthday and says the secret to a long life – “it’s just the luck of the draw.”
The centenarian was born during the First World War on January 22 1916, and grew up in Sunderland before moving to Middlesbrough and then Pickering. She now lives in Plaxton Court, in Scarborough.
Millie was a railway accounts clerk before she married the love of her life Fred Lumb and they were married for nearly 60 years. The couple had two children, Janet Lumb and Madeline Raistrick, and Millie now has three grandchildren.
Millie has been a resident at Plaxton Court for seven years and her daughter Janet said she loves living there. She enjoys her crosswords and has a very active mind.
Janet said: “We are really blessed and everybody enjoys her company. She’s got a very keen mind and loves to discuss topics of interest like the news.
“If you were to ask her what’s the secret to a long life she’d say it’s the luck of the draw but also she’s never smoked or drank.
“She loves living at Plaxton Court and she’s made so many friends.”
Family travelled from afar, with a couple of distant cousins turning out for the special occasion to visit Millie for her birthday. Her friends from Plaxton Court joined them to celebrate with a specially made cake.
The day was filled with happy memories and everyone enjoyed themselves, said Janet, adding: “We had a lovely day, she just relished it all.”