A centenarian is celebrating after she became the THIRD generation of her family to reach the landmark birthday.
Ruth Taylor turned 100 on Saturday (6/8) surrounded by neighbours and church friends at her home in Warndon, Worcester.
Incredibly, she is the third generation of her family to reach a century after her mother Ethel Jones, who lived until she was 104, and her gran who also reached 100.
Mrs Taylor puts the secret of her long life down to keeping active up to her 80s as well as having a good group of friends and neighbours
She said: “I don’t know if it runs in the family but my mother lived to 104 and my grandmother was 100.
“Until I was about 80 I did stay active. My husband worked on the railway so we were free to go to different parts of the world.
“I couldn’t survive without my neighbours or my church.
“Whenever I’ve been ill they’ve taken care of me, if anything is worrying me I go to one of them.
“Also, my neighbours Gill and Lol, Ray, Pam all look after me.”
Mrs Taylor has lived in Worcester her entire life after she was born in her grandmother’s house in the Hindlip area of the city.
She left school at 14 and starting working in a glove factory before switching to become a kitchen maid at a house in Birmingham and then at King’s School in Worcester.
The centenarian met her late husband George during that time after the pair remembered they had been to school together.
They had two children, a daughter called Gill who passed away in her 30s and Tony who died last year.