A resident at Linden House care home in Epsom celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by her Linden House friends, a relative and staff at the Surrey-based home.
Hilda May Lake was joined by her son, Brian Lake, as she marked her landmark day with a show from a local entertainer arranged by staff at the home.
Although she received lots of birthday cards and presents, none were more special than the official birthday card she received from the Queen acknowledging her special day.
Hilda was born in London in July 1920, shortly after the end of the First World War, and would later move to Luton, Bedfordshire, to work as a personnel officer. While in Luton, Hilda married and had one son before her husband passed away in 1960.
Her son is a regular visitor at Linden House and was able to join in her birthday celebrations on the day. He said: “I’m delighted we got to enjoy this special day together. My mother is a very caring person and I was very proud to celebrate this milestone with her.”
Brian also revealed that he believes the secret to his mother’s longevity to be genetic. He said: “My grandmother lived well into her 80s and my mother has reached 100. I am positive that it is not a coincidence!”