AN Essex care home resident recently celebrated her 103rd birthday with her family and shared her own secrets to a long and happy life.

Dorothy Juniper recently celebrated her birthday with an afternoon tea party at Weald Hall Care Home, where she has resided in since June. 

Despite being a quiet lady who very much enjoys her own company, Dorothy was “very excited” to have 16 members of her family to be with her on her special day.

Dorothy grew up in Wanstead as one of four children, leaving school aged 14.

She met her husband whilst he was on leave from the army at a friend's house, when she was 21 years old and Dorothy said it was “love at first sight.” 

Throughout the war she became a bookkeeper and happily continued this career for the rest of her working life.

She has two sons, as well as her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Dorothy said: “Without a doubt, one of my top tips for living a happy life is love and having a wonderful husband, as well as a happy life together.

"I’ve also found that a Baileys a day does indeed keep the doctor away! 

“Most importantly, spread love to those around you. That’s the best tipple for anyone.”

Danielle Barham, home manager at Weald Hall, said: “It was an honour to join Dorothy in her birthday celebrations.

"She’s such a beloved member of the home, she inspires us all everyday.”