It was Mae’s big day when she celebrated her 102nd birthday last week at Woodlands House Care Home at Woodlands in the New Forest.
Mae Boland celebrated with her friends and members of the Woodlands team who made a huge banner to proclaim her special birthday as the most senior resident at the care home.
A resident at Woodlands House Care Home since February 2015, Mae moved to England from Tipperary in Ireland in 1937 aged 17.
She worked in a hotel before the Second World War. After the war, she married her husband Jim and they settled in Hertfordshire.
She had a long career working for British Waterways before moving to the New Forest in 2010 to live with her grandson Rob and his family.
Repeka Taukei, Manager of Woodlands House, which is run by Hartford Care, said: “We had so much fun celebrating with Mae. She is a much-loved member of our Woodlands House family, and she was overwhelmed with all the cards and greetings she received.”