A FORMER apple picker has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Elsie Jefferies marked her centenary with a visit from family and a birthday tea at Lime Court Care Centre in Dovercourt.

Born on January 4 1914, Elsie grew up in a little house in Parkeston.

She married Corporal Roger Jefferies and had two children while travelling with the army.

Sarah Meachen, activities co-ordintor at Lime Court, said: “Elsie has been here 10 years and she has been a pleasure to have around."