A PARTY was in full swing at a Prestwich care home as no less than four of its residents celebrated turning over 100 this month.

Marking the occasion at Heathlands Village was an all-female group of centenarians.

Celebrating their 102nd birthdays were Lea Glaskie and Margaret Broome, while ‘youngsters of the quartet’, Pearl Snowise and Estelle Demby had their 101st birthdays

In honour of the unique occasion, the care home threw a joyous 1940s style birthday party attended by dozens of residents, staff, volunteers, relatives and friends.

At the celebrations they were all entertained by dance duo GI Jive and Second World War-era tribute singer, Vicki Bee.

Ms Glaskie said: “Since the day I came here 15 years ago I’ve been happier than I would’ve been at home. I was lonely. I didn’t drive anymore.”

“The party was a very big surprise. I’m very grateful”.

“The good Lord looked after me. I’m very blessed. I have wonderful family including nine great grandchildren.”

“I’ve met the Queen and had dinner with her three times, twice at Clarence House and once at Kensington Palace.”

Sadly Ms Snowise was unable to make the party but standing in her stead to blow out the candles was fellow Heathlands resident Ralph Black who had his 101st birthday last November.

The care home, which is run by Jewish social care charity The Fed, is currently home to seven centenarians with a further four more residents due to get their special birthday card from the Queen in the coming year.

Sheila Heywood-Holt, Heathlands Village’s operations director, said: “You cannot imagine the privilege of caring for people who have reached such a remarkable age.

“They are so precious to us. We really consider them the jewels of our little community.

“I’m sure a lot has to do with the luck of being born with good genes, but I like to think that feeling cherished every day and having lots to look forward to in our busy village, has a lot to do with their longevity.”