A POPULAR great grandmother has celebrated her 100th birthday in style.

Elsie Gerrard, who grew up on Shuttle Street in Tyldesley, celebrated her landmark birthday at care village Belong Atherton, where she lives.

Belong organised a party in which Music In Mind performed songs for Elsie and her family and friends.

A buffet including a special birthday cake was prepared as well.

She also received a card from the Queen.

Leigh Journal:

Elsie with her birthday card from the Queen

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Elsie at her party

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Elsie's birthday cake and cards

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Elsie’s son Paul, 71, said: “We had a brilliant party.

“My mum is very sociable and is always the life and soul of the party. She is well loved at the care village.

“My mum used to love going dancing and went to the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.”

Elsie worked at the former Caleb Wright mill on Shuttle Street in Tyldesley and married her husband Herbert in 1946. Herbert passed away some years ago.

Senior support worker Sarah Taylor said: “Elsie cheers everyone up at Belong. She is very popular and well-liked.

“Elsie could not thank everyone enough for her party.

"She appreciated it so much and had a big smile on her face.”

Senior support worker Ann Marshall added: “Elsie is full of fun and a very active lady. She goes to the gym, on days out and likes sing-a-longs.”

Elsie celebrated her birthday on November 8.