I spent £75 on Friday for permission to use this photograph, and it's worth every penny. It belongs to South West News Service (SWNS) and it appeared in the Daily Telegraph and other newspapers on Thursday.
The headline says it all:
100-year-old woman says drink and cigarettes keep her young
The story itself reads:
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.
Mrs Govey attributes her longevity to her fun-loving lifestyle ... 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."
Full story HERE.