YORK resident Nellie Nacey has celebrated her 100th birthday.

The great-grandmother received a card from the Queen at home in Woolnough House yesterday where she was visited by family and friends to mark her landmark birthday.

Kathleen, her daughter, said: "She has enjoyed the day very much and has had lots of visitors."

Mrs Nacey was born in Richmond Street in Layerthorpe in 1914 and was the youngest of five children. Her eldest brother Arnold was killed in the First World War and buried in France. When her mother became ill when she was 14, she took on the role of caring for the family.

She married labourer Jim Nacey and the couple lived in Rawdon Avenue - where Nellie lived for 70 years - and went on to have children Kathleen and Mary and to adopt a son, Tony.

Mrs Nacey is now grandmother to five and has eight great-grandchildren with another on the way.