Devizes mayor and mayoress, Kelvin and Pam Nash, congratulated Southfield residential home’s oldest resident, Greta Power, on her 101st birthday.
Staff had made Mrs Power, formerly from Bromham, a stunning birthday cake, but she was not obliged to blow out 101 candles.
She said: “They look after me so well here.
“I’m sure that’s why I’m in such good condition for my age.”
Three generations of Mrs Power’s family came along to help her celebrate.
Mrs Power’s early working life is like a plot line from Downton Abbey. She left her home in Wilsford at the age of 14 to enter domestic service at Nonsuch in Westbrook, Bromham, where she became a scullery maid.
She rose to become second kitchen maid for Lord and Lady Hesketh at Towcester and then for Lady Pleydell-Bouverie at Coleshill House, near Swindon, before meeting her husband, John Power, at a dance in Highworth.
She was toasted at her birthday party by daughter Margaret Wiltshire, grand-daughter Marina Wiltshire, grandson Julian Wiltshire and great grand-daughter Annie Wiltshire.
This is Wiltshire - Saturday 30 June 2012