A resident at Swimbridge House Residential and Nursing Home celebrated her 106th birthday this weekend.

Betty Hughes celebrated her 106th birthday on Saturday. Picture: ContributedBetty Hughes celebrated her 106th birthday on Saturday. Picture: Contributed

Born on July 22, 1912, Betty Hughes turned 106 on Saturday, and enjoyed a party with family and friends.

Betty was the second of four children, who grew up in Stockport and the Lake District.

She trained as a domestic science teacher and went to work on the Isle of Wight, where sHe met her husband Tom, who was a teacher in the same school.

Her daughter Ruth, one of three girls, said: “They married on May 31, 1941.

“It was a frugal wedding because of the war, with rationing of food nd clothes.”

The couple had two other daughters, Wendy and Janet, and Betty is now a grandmother of four and great-grandmother of six.

She moved to Barnstaple in 2009.

Ruth said: “Betty attributes her longevity to not worrying about things.

“She is always positive, sociable and been very active and eaten healthily.”