Dorothy joined by family and friends for 100th birthday celebration
A former Stanton Drew resident has celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends.
Dorothy Palmer marked the milestone with a party held at Bloomfield House in Paulton, where she now lives.
She was born at Brooklyn House, Yorkley in the Forest of Dean in 1913 to Agnes and John Jones, and had three older brothers and one younger sister.
Mrs Palmer said: "My father and brothers were all members of the Yorkley Onward Silver Band, regularly rehearsing in our kitchen which is where I get my love of music from.
"I went to Yorkley Village School and then to domestic college in Cheltenham.
"I went into service in a number of houses and ended my working life in a house on the Downs in Bristol, where I worked until my marriage."
Dorothy married painter and decorator William Palmer in 1942.
At first they rented a cottage in St George, Bristol, then moved to Hill Street in Totterdown, opposite her father and mother-in-law, where her son Robert, her only child, was born.
She said: "We moved to Headley Park Avenue in 1948 and I lived there until Bill died in 2004, and was able to continue there afterwards with support from my family and some from carers."
This went on until the beginning of 2013 when Dorothy spent a short time in hospital, and then went to live with her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Janet, in Stanton Drew for six months, before moving to Bloomfield House.
She has two grandchildren, Alex and Kathryn and four great-grandchildren Ryann, Selina, Antoni, and Olivia.
When asked what she thought was the secret to a long and happy life, Mrs Palmer said: "I do not think there is any particular secret to my long life, but I have lived a contented life and have been told I have very good genes inherited from previous generations."