Family was very much at the heart of the celebrations as a Banbury woman turned 100 on Saturday.
Gladys Metcalfe, nee Duckett, was born on May 17, 1914 and has lived in the town all her life except for when she served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) during the Second World War.
She celebrated her birthday with family and friends at her home in Angus Close, Banbury, with Looby Loo Cake Company donating a cake for her big day.
Mrs Metcalfe said: “I’ve really enjoyed myself and it has been lovely seeing so many family members – I’m trying to remember all the people as there are so many! My secret to living a long and happy life is to just be normal and not have a drink!”
As a young girl Mrs Metcalfe enjoyed attending dances in Aynho and married the late Clifford Metcalfe, known as Charlie, in January 1945 at St Mary’s Church, Banbury. The couple had one daughter, and Mrs Melcalfe has three grandchildren, Georgina, Annette and Felicity, and four great-grandchildren.
Her daughter Patricia Curzon, said: “The day went really well and there were some nieces and nephews who she hadn’t see for a very long time. Everyone was so happy to see Gladys doing so well and talking to everyone. The family really loves her and she was pleased with how the day went.”