A great-grandmother who is "always laughing and joking" has celebrated her 101st birthday in style with her family and fellow care home residents.

Daphne Coldridge marked her big birthday yesterday, Friday, at Rose Court in Radcliffe, making her the oldest resident that the care home has ever had.

The Water Street care home decorated the property with balloons and banners, a singer performed and a buffet was arranged as part of the celebrations.

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Daphne's grandson Kenny Coldridge said: “She had her 100th birthday at home and then she moved to Rose Court at the end of September last year.

“She actually moved in here for more company.

"So, she came in here for extra help and extra company, but she was independent until 100 and lived alone in her own bungalow.”

Originally from Watford, Daphne moved to Bury in 1965 with her late husband Kenneth who served in the navy.

During the Second World War, she worked in a factory making parts for tanks

She later became a seamstress and did sewing and embroidery, and made jewellery.

She enjoyed tap dancing and acrobats when she was younger and has always walked everywhere, which has kept her fit and young over the years.

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Kenny said: “She has two sons Clive and Steve, and three grandsons Jeff, Lee and myself.

"She has a great grandson and two great granddaughters, and has a great great grandchild on the way, as my son and his girlfriend are expecting.”

Her husband Kenneth died in 1983 so she has been on her own for 41 years.

Daphne said that living in Rose Court is lovely and Kenny said that since coming to Rose Court she has had a second lease of life.

He said: “She’s loving life.”

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Care home manager Leanne Batten-Smith said: “Daphne is the oldest resident Rose Court has had.

“We can’t believe how fit and how good her humour is at her age, she’s absolutely amazing.

“She’s always laughing and joking, and she doesn’t see herself as being old. She’s even tried to look after other residents.

“She’s just an absolute pleasure to have in the home and she has a really lovely supportive family, who not only look out for her, but for other residents too.”