HARD work and roast dinners are the secret to a long life according to a lady who’s just celebrated her centenary.

Irene May Morgan, known as Renee, celebrated her 100th birthday at the Hermitage Care Home in Welshpool surrounded by friends and family.

Born towards the end of World War One, she has lived through The 1930s depression, World War Two, the age of Flower Power in the 1960s as well as the Cold War.

On Tuesday, May 1 she received her card from the Queen and, surrounded by her family, was entertained by both a singer and magician.

Out of 26 residents at the Hermitage, Renee is the only 100-year-old and until recently lived by herself.

Her daughter, Jean Noy, from Guilsfield added: "It was a lovely day, she's only just moved to the Hermitage after living at the Dorothy Hughes House for nine years, they were very good there

Originally from Forden, Renee said: “I received a card from the Queen which was very good.”

“I worked as a nurse at Bryn Hyfryd in Forden for 30 years”

When asked what she believes has helped her reach her century, Renee, replied: “Plenty of hard work and good food.

“Nursing was hard work and I love a good roast dinner.”

Renee also recalled happy early memories of helping out at her parents’ farm.

“I remember milking the cows, selling the milk and also turning it into butter.”