There were celebrations all round as a Bridgwater resident marked her 100th birthday in style, at the Sanctuary Care home where she has lived for three years.

Surrounded by family and friends, Dorothy Irons celebrated becoming a centenarian at The Rosary Nursing Home on Mayfield Drive, with a fantastic party hosted by the homes team and her fellow residents.

When asked to spill her secret to reaching such a great milestone, Dorothy said: “Being kind and honest and let God do the rest. I’m sure the odd glass of champagne helped as well!”

Born in Hackney, East London to parents Charles and Amy Scopes, Dorothy grew up with brother Arch and sisters Phyllis and Win.

Speaking about her childhood, Dorothy said: “We didn’t have much money but my mother would always make sure all of her family were happy and content. Money doesn’t make the world go round so don’t ever let it rule your life.”

Dorothy spent most of her working life as a waitress, not retiring until she was in her late 60s. The birthday girl added: “I absolutely adored my job and the social side of it.”

Meeting husband-to-be John Irons at work in Clapton, the devoted couple married in 1936 and had one child, daughter Geraldine.

Dorothy’s family of three has now blossomed to five generations, with three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Speaking of the celebrations, Geraldine said: “We have all had a lovely day, with wine and good company to celebrate mum’s 100th birthday.”

Activities assistant at the home Chloe Hembery added: “It has been such an honour to have been a part of Dorothy’s big day. She is such a wonderful lady and is the first resident on Snowdrop to turn 100. Seeing Dorothy’s face light up has been the highlight of my day.”