A BROMSGROVE woman who recently celebrated her 100th birthday puts her long life down to a love of dancing.

Beryl Pantall marked the occasion with a party organised by her family at Burcot Lodge, the care home where she has lived for the past five years.

She was born on November 8 1919 in Lydney, Gloucestershire, where she lived with her two brothers Fred and Hubert.

Beryl attended Bournville Day Continuation College for Girls and, on leaving, worked at Cadbury’s.

She married Harry Pantall and their son John was born in 1946.

They settled in East Road, Bromsgrove, where they lived all their married life, with Harry working as a physio for Bromsgrove Rovers FC during the 1960s and 1970s.

Beryl's husband Harry and son John have passed away but family guests at her party included her two nieces and her nephew.

They said: “Having a party celebration and receiving a birthday card from The Queen made it a very special day.

"Beryl puts her long life down to her love of dancing – she was a ballroom dancer and for many years danced three times a week.”

Victoria Osbourne, general manager at Burcot Lodge, said: “Beryl is very sociable and her family and all the staff at Burcot Lodge made every effort to make her feel special on her 100th birthday.

"A member of our team helped to style Beryl’s hair for her big day in our on-site salon - she looked wonderful and it was a fantastic day for us all.”