A Cambridgeshire woman has celebrated her 102nd birthday at a care home in March.

Joan Howe, who is a resident of Aria Court care home, celebrated the milestone with a big birthday bash.

Fellow residents, staff, and Joan’s family gathered together to celebrate Joan and her achievement.

Joan was joined by her two sons, Roy and Alan, who both live in March, along with Joan’s four grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

To commemorate the occasion, a cake was created by the March home, and topped with Joan’s favourite flowers - a tribute to her love for floral arrangements as a vase of fresh flowers is always found in her room since she moved into Aria Court almost six years ago.

Joan was born in 1921, in Paddington, London, and World War II broke out when Joan was just 17.

Cambs Times: Joan Howe's birthday cakeJoan Howe's birthday cake (Image: Aria Court)

In this time she joined the RAF and met her husband Ernest. They exchanged their vows in their smart military uniforms.

Joan now enjoys her time being a ‘vibrant’ and ‘independent soul’. She enjoys being a social member of the care home and joins the lifestyle team on outings whenever the opportunity arises.

She continues to care for her own space, making her bed each day and maintaining her room.

A resident of Aria Court since 2018, Joan had previously enjoyed the comforts of her own home in March.

An Aria Court team member said: "Joan's charming personality makes her a delight for the caregiving team, with stories and experiences that enchant all who have the privilege of talking to her.

"Joan's preferences are as timeless as her spirit – a sweet tooth that enjoys nothing more than a traditional trifle, and an appreciation for the simple joys of television, Joan can often be found with fellow residents in the TV lounge."