A GLASS of shandy was the favourite tipple for Vera Smith as she celebrated a mighty milestone at the Knoll Care Home in Tuffley.
Vera was surrounded by friends and family as she marked her 100th birthday yesterday.
Her story is not just one of longevity, but also a fight against the odds as she was diagnosed with pneumonia as a child and not expected to survive past her fifth birthday.
But she has proved them all wrong and is still going strong today and toasted her telegram from the Queen with a glass of port and lemon.
Vera worked as a nurse in Gloucester and later in Marks & Spencer.
Born in Longney, Vera has a brother and a sister and moved to Tuffley with her mother after her father was killed in the first world war and she re-married.
Growing up, Vera could climb a tree as well as the boys and loved fruit picking, dancing, swimming and coach trips.
She has four children, three sons and a daughter, and also has five grandchildren.
Activity co-ordinator at The Knoll, Debs Davis, said: “Vera takes a full interest in everything and loves singing, bingo and making cards. She loves having visitors and it was great when the mayor Chris Chatterton turned up on her birthday.”