A WEST DORSET care home resident has celebrated being 103 years young in the only way possible – with a party.

Queenie Hodge was surrounded by friends and carers at the Coneygar Lodge home where she has lived for eight years.

And a special iced cake topped with candles – although not 103 of them – was baked and enjoyed.

And for the woman who was a toddler when the First World War broke out there was a huge bouquet of flowers to mark the occasion.

Queenie, real name Gladys, thanked everyone for making her day so special.

Louise Van Dorn, manager at Coneygar Lodge, said: “Queenie is a truly amazing person and is still sharp as a tack.

She is pleasure for my team and I to care for and it's lovely to see her so happy.

"She is doing really well.

“She loves flowers so we gave her a bouquet. She enjoyed her day with friends and staff.”

Staff at the home said she will be keenly scanning the pages to see her birthday report.