Find happiness in everything and always have a smile," says May, who recently celebrated her 102nd birthday at Ashlynn Grange Care Home in Peterborough.

May – who was christened Pearl - is a remarkable lady with a vibrant past and an enduring zest for life. She had three children, two of whom she has outlived, and has six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Born and raised in Peterborough, May lived independently in her own home until the age of 101, showcasing her incredible spirit and resilience.

Life at Ashlynn Grange suits her well, where she enjoys both the food and the activities offered.

She particularly relishes a good roast dinner, a classic comfort food that brings back fond memories. The community at Ashlynn Grange keeps her engaged and entertained, with craft activities that remind her of her younger days when she was an avid knitter and also enjoyed crochet.

May was married to Albert for more than 60 years and for 20 years of their life together the couple lived in Canada with their daughter and her family before returning to Peterborough when they were in there seventies.

Albert was a Royal Marine Commando during the war seeing action many times including during D-Day. He was shot but survived.

May worked in a parachute factory while Albert was away and spent many years of her working life as a dressmaker. She once worked as a seamstress in a local corset factory, a job that honed her skills and ignited her passion for creating beautiful garments.

Her talent extended beyond dressmaking, as she also loved cake making and sugar craft. She worked an allotment in Peterborough with her husband for many years.

Her son Pat, who is a regular visitor to Ashlynn Grange, said: “Mum was always a fantastic cook and loved family gatherings – she still does. She has an active mind and enjoys being busy as best she can.”