CONGRATULATIONS from the Queen and a house full of family and friends helped Gladis Lloyd celebrate her 100th birthday.
Mrs Lloyd, right, who lives in Canon Pugh Drive, Acton, clocked up her century on Tuesday.
Born in London in 1911, Mrs Lloyd worked as a nurse and in an armaments factory during the Second World War before spending 20 years as a school cook.
She married her husband, Albert, an engineer who spent five years as a prisoner of war near Auschwitz, in 1945.
The couple had two sons Barry and Roger and moved to Acton 35 years ago, following Roger to the village.
“She is very aware and loves reading and watching television,” said Roger, 62.
“She is well-known in the village and is still very active. Up until six months ago, she was still doing her shopping with me.”
He added that longevity ran in his mother’s family, as her sisters Violet and Alice had lived to 93 and 95 years old respectively.
“I think getting the card from the Queen was the big thing for her,” said Roger.
“Family and friends popped into visit and she had a very pleasant day.”
Mrs Lloyd also has eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.