South Yorkshire great great gran claims fish and chips are the secret of long life

Phoebe Massey at her home in Holymoorside who will be celebrating her 100th birthday this week
Phoebe Massey at her home in Holymoorside who will be celebrating her 100th birthday this week
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SHE was born eleven years before the invention of television - but she’s still as bright as a button.

Phoebe Massey celebrated her 100th birthday with not one party but two.

The centenarian’s first bash was a celebration in Clay Cross, near Chesterfield, with family and friends.

The next day she nipped to her local pub - the Bull - where the staff whipped up a fish and chip feast especially in her honour.

Phoebe, of Windyfields Road, Holymoorside, Chesterfield, was one of six children born to a Polish miner who worked at Maltby Colliery.

Her mother died in the great flu epidemic when she was just six years old and Phoebe was cared for by her aunts in Chesterfield.

Her elder sister Marion, who lived to be 102, lived in Holymoorside and it was on a visit to her home that Phoebe met her husband-to-be Sam Massey.

Sam lived next door to Phoebe’s sister with his mum.

During the war Phoebe worked as a nurse and her only child Ethel followed her into the profession.

Following the war Ethel met her future husband Charlie and followed him back to his homeland America.

Following the death of her husband Sam, in 1952, Phoebe also moved to the States and lived in Philadelphia for almost 40 years.

But she eventually decided to move back to Chesterfield.

Phoebe has five grandchildren, eight great grand children and three great, great grand children.

Asked what the secret to a long life is, she replied: “Plenty of fish and chips doused in vinegar.”