A Workington woman has marked a milestone birthday in style.

Doris Reeves, known to her friends and family as Dodo, celebrated her 100th birthday at Westwinds Residential Home in Harrington last Friday.

The sun was shining for her birthday and she sang her favourite songs, including ‘We’ll Meet Again’ by Vera Lynn and ‘Dancing Queen’ by ABBA.

She said: “I didn’t expect all this.”

Mrs Reeves was proud to receive her special telegram from the Queen, wishing her a happy birthday and congratulating her on reaching such a milestone.

Niece Elaine and great-niece Mandi were in attendance to celebrate with her.

Mrs Reeves originates from Lawrence Street in Workington but moved to Westwinds in July of last year.

She was a nanny in her formative years, before working as a barmaid in Trades Hall as well as Mossbay Working Men’s Club.

Mandi said: “Dodo loves music, especially ABBA, her favourite being Dancing Queen.”

She has enjoyed attending concerts in the past, travelling to Carlisle, Newcastle, even as far as London, Mandi said: “Any shows, and off we go.”

Singer Geneva performed her favourite songs at a socially distanced gathering in the care home’s garden. Friends, family and other residents joined in with a rendition of Dancing Queen.

Mrs Reeves had one son Ron with her late husband Tommy who she married in 1939. Ron now lives in Kent with his family.

She enjoyed playing with and taking care of Mandi’s son Keelan, willing to do anything to make him smile.

Mandi said: “Nothing was a problem to her.”

Mrs Reeves is also a proud grandmother to two and great grandmother to two.

Mandi thanked the staff at Westwinds Residential Home for their work taking care of her.

Although Ron and his family were unable to make the trip due to the Covid-19 pandemic, sheenjoyed her special day.

Mandi said: “She had a lovely day considering the lockdown and coronavirus.”