Healthy living is Amy’s secret to a long life

News'Amy Robinson celebrates her 100th birthday at St Leonards Church in Longley with Mary Croft, Cllr Sylvia Dunkley, Mabel Ash,  Rev Ian Duffield and Ivy Hobson
News'Amy Robinson celebrates her 100th birthday at St Leonards Church in Longley with Mary Croft, Cllr Sylvia Dunkley, Mabel Ash, Rev Ian Duffield and Ivy Hobson
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A SHEFFIELD woman who celebrated her 100th birthday with family, friends and a nice cup of tea says her secret to a long life is simple - steering clear of cigarettes and alcohol.

Amy Robinson still lives independently in her own flat on Longley Hall Farm estate.

Amy was born in Bolton-on-Dearne in 1911 and moved to Sheffield in the 1920s with her family when her father, a joiner and carpenter, took a job in the city.

Her son Mike, aged 69, said: “She has suffered several minor strokes and heart attacks over the years, but they have done little to dampen her spirit.”

Mike said when his mother was younger she enjoyed gardening, embroidery and reading.

He added: “Things have changed a lot in her lifetime, including the coming of electricity and indoor toilets, not to mention the confusion of having so many television channels to choose between!”

Mike said his mother’s original goal had been to see in the new millennium, and then to receive her 100th birthday telegram from the Queen.

Amy was joined by Mike, his three sons, several cousins and other relatives for a small party at her flat to mark her birthday.

A do was also put on for her at St Leonard’s Church in Longley, attended by Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Sylvia Dunkley.