AN ANDOVER woman has celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family.

Freda Horne was born at Ragged Appleshaw on July 23, 1920 and spent a happy childhood there with her six brothers and three sisters.

She went into service until being "called up" to a factory in Eastleigh. She married George Horne in 1945 and moved to Andover. Their son Raymond was born in November 1946. She now has two grown up granddaughters and a great granddaughter.

Freda has always loved to be out and about and spent lovely weekends away with her brother and sister-in-law in their motorhome. Her son and daughter-in-law have often taken her out for a ride, sometimes to Hythe where she loves to watch the cruise ships go out.

Freda still lives on her own and had frequent daily visits from Apex Care, however due to a spate of illness she now has a live in carer. A party had been planned to celebrate this very special occasion but due to Covid-19 this couldn't happen. Freda had a lovely day of celebrations, including visits from some of her nieces, her old carers and her family. She was also over the moon to receive her telegram from the Queen.

The day finished off in true British style with fish and chips followed by cake,