Frances has also been a keen volunteer, and says her love of family and a clean life have seen her reach a grand age.
She said: “I’ve lived a steady life. I’ve never done anything silly, and I’ve had lots of friends and family.
She said: “She means the world to us. She worked hard all her life, she looked after her family, and she’s still very involved in what we do.”
Nicola Willetts, aged 43, from Bath Street in Stoke, is one of Frances’ eight grandchildren.
She said: “I’ll always remember going up to see her and grandad and their dog, Peggy. We always looked forward to it.
“She knitted everything for my eldest, and she did a lot of work for the premature baby unit at the hospital. She’s wonderful.”
Nineteen-year-old Bethany Nicklin, also from Hayfield Road, is the eldest of 13 great-grandchildren, who all made a donation of £100 to Ray of Hope, a charity close to centenarian Frances.
She said: “I see her as an inspiration. She’s always thinking of others, and she’s lived a great life.”
Elizabeth Glover is co-ordinator at Newcastle Blind Club, where Frances volunteered for many years.
She said: “She’s been a great supporter for us for many years, and it’s lovely to be here to celebrate her birthday.”
Sandra Hambleton, mayor of Newcastle, who also attended Frances’ birthday party, said: “It’s a privilege to meet someone who has lived a great life.”