Four friends at Northam-based Cheverells Care Home have clocked up 403 years between them.

There must be something in the water at Cheverells Care Home in Northam – as three of their residents celebrate turning 100.

Pat Wright, Doris Garratt and Ethel Olde all celebrated the turn of a century in February, March and May respectively.

And, on Sunday, their friend and co-resident Cecelia Barnett celebrated her 103rd birthday.

When asked what the secret to their longevity was, the quartet had one thing in common – a long and happy marriage.

Ethel, who courted her husband Reginald for seven years before they married, said: “I don't think like I am old; I certainly don't feel 100.”

And the group certainly has many a story to tell from their combined 403 years.

Doris once cycled from London to Brighton with her husband Robert.

They had two daughters and Doris worked in a photography shop, while Robert was a keen photographer.

Loxhore-born Ethel, who was the eldest of nine children, ran a chalet in Westward Ho! for 11 years.

She has one son, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pat was a midwife and said she could not possibly count how many babies she has delivered around the Bideford and Appledore areas.

She married her husband Richard in 1951, but they had not children themselves.

Cecelia lived as an orphan before she went on to become a nanny for ladies and gentlemen of London, mingling with families close to royalty.

She loves art and has decorated her room at Cheverells with her own work. She has also written a book about her life.