A SMILING centenarian who fought Covid-19 celebrated her 103rd birthday in style alongside her nearest and dearest.

Moyra Wakefield marked her 103rd birthday at Risedale Abbey Meadow care home in Barrow on Monday.

The great great grandma, who is originally from Dalton, was joined by her son Billy for the celebrations which included a birthday cake and balloons.

Mrs Wakefield was born in Dalton in 1918 before moving to Detroit aged six during the Great Depression.

After three years in the states, the family moved back to Cumbria where she still remains today.

Mrs Wakefield was married to Alfred ‘Hickey’ Wakefield, who has sadly died, and together they had one son Billy, five grandchildren and a number of great and great great grandchildren.

Her son described her as a ‘feisty’ woman who has reached a ‘huge’ milestone.

“She’s a feisty woman. She lived on her own until she was 99,” he said.

“She was adamant about doing that for as long as possible.

“She’s still very sharp-minded. She remembers a lot of things from the war and throughout her life.”

Mr Wakefield said his family had a history of members living long lives.

“Mum keeps saying I’ve lived for too long now,” he said.

“It doesn’t seem that long ago we were celebrating her 100th birthday. Our family is known for its longevity - both her parents lived long lives.

“It’s just incredible she’s reached this age, especially after fighting Covid and sepsis. She’s a real fighter.”

To mark the milestone, Risedale Abbey Meadow care home held a party to celebrate their oldest resident’s very special birthday.

Phil Mather, senior nurse at the care home, described Mrs Wakefield’s incredible age as ‘amazing’.

“It was lovely having friends and family there after Covid,” he said.

“The picture of Moyra speaks a thousand words. She loved every minute of it. She’s reached such an incredible age which is definitely worth celebrating.”