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Joyce celebrating with her family.

Joyce Allcock was joined by family and friends for a special tea party to mark her 100th birthday at Chesham Leys nursing home.

Among the guests were Joyce’s two grandchildren and four great grandchildren, who sang happy birthday to her in honour of the incredible milestone.

The eldest of nine siblings, Joyce grew up in Norfolk and went on to marry her husband, Ted, with whom she had three daughters.

During the war, Ted worked on the land and Joyce was a governess in Bingham’s House, Potten End. When family came along, Joyce devoted her time to bringing up her young children. She went on to work in Eastern Electricity’s accounts office once the children were a little older. Joyce and Ted celebrated their golden wedding anniversary together before Ted sadly passed away, aged 83.

A popular resident among the community at Chesham Leys, Joyce participates in the full programme of activities on offer and enjoys visits from her family. A fan of the British monarchy, Joyce is particularly excited about the Royal wedding next spring.

Commenting on her birthday party, Joyce said:

It was such a wonderful day with family, friends and all the team at Chesham Leys. Thanks for making it so special!

Dawn Hutchinson, activity co-ordinator at Chesham Leys, added:

Joyce really enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren so it was lovely to see her face light up when they all sang with her. She was very proud to receive her card from the Queen as a memento of the day.