A WOMAN living in a care home near Mullion has celebrated her 107th birthday.

Mary Preston was born in 1912, the fourth child of five, in Batley, West Yorkshire.

A spokesman for the care home said: "She is amazing for her age and all the staff are very, very fond of her. She's a lovely, gentle lady who is loved and cared for."

Mary had four brothers, all of whom had long lives, as her mother did.

Her older brother Tom was over a hundred, John and her mother just missed a century and Frank and Arthur made their nineties.

Mary lived in Oaks Road in Batley and then Soothill Lane until 1943, when she married Sam and moved to Bradley, Huddersfield.

Sam was an industrial chemist with ICI until his death in 1959.

They had two sons, Hugh and Richard.

Mary lived in Bradley until 2016, when she moved to Poldhu Care Home, near Mullion.

She devoted much time to her local church, the Townswomen’s guild and the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Her older son now lives in South Africa with his family and Mary visited regularly to see her granddaughters and great grandsons there until her late nineties.

Her Cornish connections include a wartime honeymoon at Lelant in 1943 and subsequent summer and Easter holidays with Richard and Liz and their extended family and friends. She became known as Grannie Mary to everyone.

One of her secrets to a long life was walking.

Her grandfather, “Professor” Walter Watson was a boxing coach who trained Gentleman Jim Corbett, who was famously beaten by Bob Fitzsimmons of Helston to the World Championship in 1897.

According to a website called www.oldestinbritain, Dorothy Payne, from Kent, is currently the oldest person living in the UK. She is 112 and 51 days old. The oldest man is Robert Weighton, of Hampshire, who is 111 and 180 days.