My great family and friends have kept me going

Eileen Newby with friends as she celebrates her 100th birthday at Skerton Community Centre
Eileen Newby with friends as she celebrates her 100th birthday at Skerton Community Centre

A Lancaster woman celebrated a milestone birthday at the community club which she was a founder member of.

Eileen Newby celebrated her 100th birthday with a party at the Autumn Club at Skerton Community Centre in Slyne Road.

Mrs Newby was a founder member of the Autumn Club more than 15 years ago, and has lived in Lancaster for 95 years.

Born in Essex, Eileen and her family moved to Barrow when she was two as her dad worked in the shipping industry. They then moved to Lancaster when she was five. Eileen worked as a dinner lady for most of her life and has three sons, one of whom now lives in Australia.

Mrs Newby said the secret to her long life was her “wonderful family and friends, they’ve really kept her going.”

“I’ve seen happy days, hard work but I’ve nothing to grumble about.”

Members of the Autumn Club were delighted to be able to put on a party for her, with a buffet lunch, an entertainer and the usual games of bingo.

The Autumn Club is a group for the over 55s who meet every Wednesday from 1pm-4.30pm.

The members enjoy a home cooked meal and play many games of bingo throughout the afternoon.

There are other activities throughout the week catering for an age range of two to 100 years old.

These include table tennis for the over 50s on a Monday and Thursday afternoon, a women’s craft group on a Friday afternoon, a new toddler play time with a bouncy castle and play equipment on a Tuesday morning, a healthy cooking club for young people aged eight to 14 on a Tuesday after school.

For more details about any of the activities, or hiring the centre please call on 01524 380818 or look at sketoncommunitycentre.co.uk.