Popular pensioner Hilda Bennett celebrated her 100th birthday in style with almost 200 guests turning up to party at her Chiswick sheltered accommodation.
She was surprised by her son David when she discovered he had organised the extravagant party in a marquee at Jessop House in Kirton Road.
"The party was wonderful," said Hilda, adding: "I didn't expect so many people to turn up, I really enjoyed myself. It was so lovely to see all my old friends."
Hilda who turned 100 on April 7, moved from Wales to Chiswick 80 years ago and has remained there ever since.
She lived in Chiswick High Road and then Carfax Court before moving to Jessop House 16 years ago, after having a fall in the snow and breaking her hip.
"Moving to Jessop House was one of the best things I have ever done," said Hilda. "It's like home from home. Margaret the warden who lives on site is fantastic, there's 42 flats here and she knows us all personally."
In September The Chronicle reported how Hounslow Homes bosses have held meetings where they discussed moving the warden at Jessop House off site to cut back on costs.
"If they decide to move Margaret I don't know what will happen, it would be terrible.
"She's one of the reasons that I am still going, she keeps our minds stimulated, organising things like darts and bingo."
Aged 20 Hilda started working at Chiswick Polytechnic In Bath Road in the Domestic Science department, before going on to work at Chiswick Friendship Club, helping to organise dancing and meals for the elderley.
Hilda continued to do this charitable work for 30 years, well into her retirement.
"I love helping others and working hard, that's the secret to a long life I think," she said. "Just keep going."