A former apple picker has celebrated her 100th birthday.
Else Jefferies marked her centenary on Saturday with a visit from family and a birthday tea at Lime Court Care Centre, in Dovercourt.
Born on January 4, 1914, Elsie grew up in a little house in Parkeston.
She went to school in the village before starting work, aged 18, in the refreshment rooms on the railways at various stations.
In her spare time, she used to enjoy going to the dances at the Army Garrison, which is where she met her future husband, Corporal Roger Jefferies.
They married at Parkeston Church and moved to the army quarters at Colchester Garrison.
Elsie continued to work until 1942 when their first Child, Patricia was born.
When her husband was posted to Gibraltar they moved and continued travelling with the army, returning at the end of his service with a second child, Roger.
The family settled in Ramsey and after the children had grown up, Elsie went back to work on the land, harvesting potatoes and apple picking.
She moved to Lime Court Care Centre in 2004.
Sarah Meachen, activities coordinator at Lime Court, said: “Elsie has been here ten years and she has been a pleasure to have around.
“She is liked by all the care staff.
“She loves to be pampered, to have her hair and nails done.
“It’s always nice to be able to celebrate a 100th birthday with a resident and to see them receive their card from the Queen.”