Dozens of people gathered to celebrate the 100th birthday of a King’s Lynn resident who founded a neighbourhood club this week.

Phyllis Freeland was joined by many members of the Reffley Friends and Neighbours club at the community hall in South Wootton to mark the milestone on Monday.

Cake, baked by chairperson Terry Hill, and entertainment from 1950s-style singer Sandra Whatling, made the afternoon extra special.

Phyllis was one of the founders of the neighbourhood club in the early 70s, back when it only consisted of a handful of people in someone’s living room.

Now, the group has so many members it almost fills the community hall.

“It’s nice to see lots of faces who I don’t get to see much anymore,” she said. Phyllis was born in Thame, Oxfordshire, but moved to Reffley in the late 60s.

Her carer, Christine Wood, described the 100-year-old as very active and someone who enjoys gardening, knitting and crosswords.

“It’s not bad at all turning 100,” Phyllis said. 

“I think the key to reaching this age is doing what you want, you should always try and keep well and help others – I really do believe in that.”