BARRY’S newest centenarian has celebrated her 100th birthday, alongside members of the five generations of her family.

Members of Phyllis Langford’s extended family gathered together at Spring Bank Nursing Home in Barry, for a party organised to mark the occasion on Monday, February 5.

Mrs Langford, who was born on February 5, 1918, received a card from The Queen to commemorate the landmark birthday and was also paid a visit by Barry Town Council mayor Nic Hodges and his wife, Shirley.

Asked about how she would celebrate the milestone, Mrs Langford said she was simply looking forward to watching Coronation Street that evening.

She added that she had always tried to do her best in life to help others, but admitted her frustration at not being able to manage as much as she used to.

Mrs Langford has reached the century mark in spite of being a lifelong smoker, finally kicking the habit after moving into a care home in her late 90s.

Mother-of-two Mrs Langford survived the trials of the Second World War, during which she claims to have once met a German airman stranded in Holton Road.

She later lived in Brook Street with her husband, Noah, for many years, prior to his death in 2007 aged 94.

There are around 15,000 centenarians in the UK, equivalent to nearly one in every 4,400 people.