A woman in Banbury is welcoming the new year by celebrating her 100th birthday today (Thursday).
Ruby Freeman (nee Burr) was born in Hunsdon, Hertfordshire on January 2, 1914 and moved to Northend with her family in 1928.
She married her husband Harry Freeman on October 28 1933 in Burton Dassett Church and they had two children, Alma and Denis.
The family then moved to Claydon and Mrs Freeman worked at Valander bakers in Northend before working at the Kineton Central Ammunition Depot (CAD) for many years.
Following Harry’s death in 1944, the family moved back to Northend and Mrs Freeman was the first woman in the village to own a car.
She now resides at The Ridings Care Home in Banbury, and is celebrating her milestone today with friends and relatives. She has three grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
Her son Denis said: “ While she was quiet she was never frightened to try anything once. She visited her niece in Australia aged 74 and again when she was 82, going up in their small aircraft too.”