A WOMAN celebrated her 100th birthday with her daughter who had flown in specially from California.
But that wasn’t the only treat Frances Tilbrook got on her big day; the Army paid a visit too.
Mrs Tilbrook received a visit from Warrant Officer Jim Jones, from 299 Parachute Squadron, Royal Engineers, who dropped by with a bouquet for Mrs Tilbrook.
The grandmother of 15 turned 100 on Wednesday and was surrounded by family and friends at Paddock Lodge residential home in Paddock.
Daughter Florence Kemp flew in from California. She said: “I am just delighted to be here and to see this day.
“She was such a warm mother, excellent with us all and the best we could have had.
“During the war years, when my father was away, she cared for us three and my father’s mother, who was blind. She did a super job.
“We are very proud of my mother, as well as my late father and all he achieved.”
Mrs Tilbrook’s husband, Victor Tilbrook served in General Montgomery’s Eighth Army in the 51st Highland Division, fighting in the turning point Battle of El Alamein in northern Egypt.
During the Second World War Mrs Tilbrook stayed at home and raised their three children, Joan, Victor and Florence.
Mrs Tilbrook is an accomplished pianist and was still playing into her late 80s.
Laura Spencer, manager of Paddock Lodge, said: “She is a very kind lady, very pleasant to be around. We are delighted to be celebrating her 100th birthday with her.”