Friends from across the globe help Brenda celebrate 100th birthday

Brenda cuts the cake, watched by her family. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Brenda cuts the cake, watched by her family. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Friends travelled from as far as Guatemala and Australia to celebrate the 100th birthday of a Second World War nurse.

Brenda cuts the cake, watched by her family. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Brenda cuts the cake, watched by her family. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Brenda Seward, who was also the clerk for Dunmow Parish Council for nine years, turned 100 at her Dunmow home on June 19.

She was surrounded by about 50 friends and family, including two great grandchildren and eight grandchildren.

Before the toasts and cake, guests were entertained by two members of the Dunmow Players who performed songs.

Brenda's husband, John, was a key members of the Dunmow Players, serving as chairman.

The party was held at Grove Court, an assisted living facility where Brenda lives.

Brenda's daughter, Margaret, said: "Family and friends travelled from Yorkshire, Birmingham, Ireland, Oxfordshire, Guatemala and Australia. She had a wonderful day and was still going strong at 11pm. She is truly the hub of the family and loved catching up with everyone and all their news."