A much-loved Cumbrian woman celebrated her 100th birthday with those who love her most.

Looking forward to her party, Noreen Thwaite was ready to celebrate after reaching the landmark age.

Noreen moved to Ravenstonedale and has lived there for the last 33 years after her and husband Richard retired.

Castles and Coasts Housing Association helped Mrs Thwaites - who for decades raised cattle and sheep with her husband in nearby Sedbergh – celebrate the milestone with a huge bouquet of carnations and a hamper of luxury treats.

CCHA customer services manager, Pamela Armstrong, said: “We simply couldn’t let such a significant birthday pass without giving her a small token to mark this special occasion.

“It was great to see so many cards and bouquets of flowers in Mrs Thwaites’ home – she’s clearly much loved and appreciated by her large family.”

Mrs Thwaites, who has five children, 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, said: “It has been a lovely few days and I’ve received some really nice gifts.

“I’m looking forward to a party at the weekend where it will be nice to celebrate with my family and friends.”

Daughter, Hazel Pratt, said: “It’s really nice of Castles & Coasts to provide such a generous gift to mark her 100th birthday.”