Being bombed out of house and home during the war did not stop Betty Biggs from surviving to celebrate her 100th birthday this week.

She is a resident at the Meads sheltered housing in Green Lane, Windsor and 60 friends and fellow residents joined Mrs Biggs and her daughter Anne at the birthday celebration.

Mrs Biggs is Swedish but made her home in London, serving in the Red Cross and as a fire watcher in the war.

Her daughter said she is a born survivor, explaining: “When their house was hit she and her family lost everything. She loved tennis and her colleagues at work gave her a new tennis racket to cheer her up.”