ONE of the oldest people in the country has celebrated her 107th birthday in style.

Bessie Farnworth, from Atherton, reached the landmark age on Monday and was showered with presents, cards and flowers.

She was treated to a party at Hillcrest Residential Home in Tyldesley on Monday with a singer performing songs from the 1940s and 50s and a buffet which included a specially-made cake. 

Great grandmother-of-four Bessie only moved into the Elliott Street home in January after living independently before. 

Bessie, who received a birthday card from the Queen for the fourth time after previously getting one for her 100th and the last two years, was also treated to lunch on the day with relatives.

Bessie’s son Wilf, 74, said: “She had a great time and was pleasantly surprised to see so many of her family visit her.

“She had a very memorable, enjoyable day. 

“Her youngest great-grandson, Peter, is 100 years younger than her which is amazing really.”

Bessie married husband Tom at Central Methodist Church on Bolton Road in Atherton in May 1941 and was with him until he died at the age of 90 in 2004. 

Wilf added: “My mum is very well-liked at the care home her because she is always having a good laugh with the staff.

“She still keeps herself active and goes to Tyldesley Methodist Church regularly to help out which she loves doing.”

Bessie, worked in Woolworths in Leigh, including during the Second World War.

In 2011, she starred in a Channel 4 programme after featuring in a Journal article in which she celebrated her 100th birthday with a helicopter ride.

Bessie also received her fourth telegram-themed card from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions this year.