IT’S not every day a telegram from The Queen pops through the letterbox – then again, it’s not every day you turn 100.

IT'S not every day a telegram from The Queen pops through the letterbox – then again, it's not every day you turn 100.

Ruby Grimes, who lives at the Bethany Francis Care Home, in Cambridge Street, St Neots, celebrated her 100th birthday earlier this month with a big party at the home.

Daughter-in-law June Grimes described Ruby as a “very bright lady” while Ruby, who was born in London, attributed her longevity to good genes and clean living, never having consumed alcohol nor smoked cigarettes.

“She's always been in very good health: the most she's ever had done was two hip replacements,” June said.

Ruby served in the land army in World War II and then worked for some of the finest tailors in London, as well as at the city's old telephone exchange, something which she was especially proud about.

She has one son, Peter, and two grandchildren, Lucy and Adam.

“I have to say Bethany Francis Care Home really put on a great show for Ruby's 100th birthday,” June added.

“There was food, music, so many family members and visitors – not to mention lots and lots of cards. It was fantastic and Ruby thoroughly enjoyed it.”d it.”