A keen hockey player and former munitions worker celebrated her 100th birthday with a party at her care home in Aylesbury.
Beatrice Tam‘s life was spent in Leicester until she moved with her daughter to Wingrave five years ago.
She lived there independently until a medical episode forced her to accept full time support at The Chestnuts in Lavric Road, Aylesbury, where she has been very happy for more than two years.
The great-grandmother was born in Belgrave, Leicestershire, on June 6, 1914, to engineer Allen Fowlkes and his wife Susannah.
She was a sporty student and played hockey on the school team before later falling in love with ballroom dancing.
Throughout her youth, she was a keen Girl Guide and Ranger, progressing to Cub leader where she met her future husband Frederick – a fellow leader.
Bea was directed to work in a munitions factory in Leicester during the Second World War while electrician Fred was sent to Blyth, Northumberland, to wire landing crafts being built there.
They married in March 1940 and had a daughter, Jane, together. Fred lived to celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary and the pair have two grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.