A woman who toasted her 100th birthday today with a cigarette and a tot of whisky said she would also be raising a glass to 70 years as a committed smoker and drinker.
Lorna Gobey smoked her first cigarette in 1940 – the same year the country was blitzed during the Battle of Britain.
The retired cinema-usher, who smokes 20 Sterling Superkings Blue a day, has gone through over half-a-million cigarettes since then.
The great grandmother of 55 – who also has who has 27 grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren – danced the night away at her local Labour Club on Monday, where she enjoyed her favourite tipple – a whiskey Guinness chaser.
Mrs Govey attributes her longevity to her fun-loving lifestyle and said her family ”wouldn’t dare” tell her to stop smoking.
Speaking from her home in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, yesterday, she said: ”I’ve been smoking since I was 30 and have had no problems at all.
”People try and tell you it’s bad for you but my family wouldn’t dare ask me to stop. If they did, I’d put them across my lap and give them a slapped bum.
”I’ve always tried to enjoy life. I think it’s important to do the things you want to do and not to let things get you down.
”I like my smokes, a drop of whiskey and Guinness and I still love to play skittles. Perhaps it’s part of the reason I have lived for so long. I never thought I’d make it to 100, but I have. I’m quite amazed really.”
Mrs Gobey was born in Apperly, near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, in 1910, before moving to nearby Cheltenham where she has lived ever since.
She had a variety of jobs including cleaning, cooking and working as an usher at the Goldmont cinema – later renamed the Odeon, where she started smoking aged 30. …
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Anyone who makes it to 100 is pretty amazing. Without smoking and drinking would she live 20 years longer? 😉