An “incredible” lady celebrated her 105th birthday with a wonderful party befitting the occasion.

Gwendoline Hardy celebrated the milestone on July 23 at the care home where she lives in Kingsfield Road, Watford.

Mrs Hardy, who was born in Cricklewood, said she was “overwhelmed” by the day and thanked staff at the home for putting on a great party and for the beautiful cake.

Mrs Hardy moved to Cedar Road in Watford in 1993, having spent much of her life in Barnet. She ran a hairdressing salon called Powder Bowl in Cricklewood with her sister Maisie.

In 1939, she married her husband Robert and they had one child, Christopher. Mrs Hardy has two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

During the Second World War while her husband was in the army, Mrs Hardy served as an air raid warden.

A keen tennis player, Mrs Hardy said she enjoyed watching her favourite star Roger Federer at the Wimbledon championships.

Her son Chris sent his best wishes to his mother on her 105th birthday.

He said: “She is an incredible lady and we are so proud of her.”