A life-long Vauxhall girl has celebrated her 100th birthday after carers surprised her with a beautiful birthday cake.

Ida Baker was greeted by her family and staff from the Ethelred Estate on April 13, to mark her milestone.

Ethelred Estate Tenant Management Organisation manager, Chris Christou, said: “Mrs Baker has never lived more than two miles from Vauxhall, and was the first tenant to move into her property when it was built over 30 years ago.

“It was an absolute pleasure to pop in and see Ida and meet some of her relatives on her special day.

“According to her family, the secret to good health is sheer determination, grit and downright bloody-mindedness.”

Ida also received a telegram from The Queen.

Through her life, the centenarian has worked as waitress, a cleaner, and for a film library. At one stage she worked in the old Palmolive factory which was converted to create camouflage during the Blitz.

She has one daughter, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, though Ida is the youngest of her surviving sisters – the other being 103.