HARD work and a daily tipple of whisky is the secret to a long life, according to pensioner Dorothy Young who recently celebrated her 100th birthday.
Dorothy, who lives at Londesborough Court care home in Market Weighton, turned 100 on Sunday, 10 July, and has received a telegram from the Queen and Ian Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to congratulate her on reaching the milestone.
To celebrate, family members organised a big birthday bash for her at the Willerby Manor Hotel in Hull which over 60 people attended.
Staff at Londesborough Court also held a small party for her.
Dorothy is part of a five generation family. She has three children, six grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
According to her daughter Georgina, hard work is what has helped keep Dorothy fit and healthy.
Georgina said: “She’s always been a healthy person. She puts that down to hard work.
“Hard work and a drink of whisky. That’s the key to a long life. Every night a tot of whisky.”
Dorothy has lived in Market Weighton for 30 years but was born and raised in Hull.
She was married for over 60 years to her husband George who she met in Scotland. The pair tied the knot on 9 September 1934.
George, who was a Black Watch soldier in World War Two, died 15 years ago.
Throughout her working life, Dorothy has spent much of her time looking after others.
After her mum died, she had to raise and care for her brother and sister, who are twins, and 15 years younger than her. She then brought up three daughters.
Dorothy also had a job as a cleaner at a hotel in Scotland which was owned by one of her relatives.
Georgina said: “Mum has always been a carer looking after everybody. She had three girls.
“She was a good mum to us and great to her grandchildren and always looked after them. She always worked hard. She did work until she was at least 70.”
Dorothy’s son-in-law Brian agrees and said family has always meant a lot to her.
Brian said: “She’s always been there for family. Family is very important to her and she’s very important to the family and everybody likes her.”