A FORMER school matron has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Alice Booth, who lives at St Michael’s Care Home, in Marine Parade East, Clacton, celebrated the day with family and friends.

She was born in Stock, Chelmsford, and was the youngest of seven. Mrs Booth left school at 14 and worked at the general stores in Stock before working as matron at a school in Stock.

She moved to Clacton in 1957 to become matron of the Ogilvie School of Recovery, in Holland Road, where her husband was the headmaster.

The school later became the Windsor School and is now the Shorefields School.

Angela Barton, manager of the home, said Mrs Booth celebrated her birthday on March 19.

“Alice received a card from Queen and was taken out to lunch by her three daughters and their families,” she said.

“On her return to St Michael’s we held a surprise birthday party for her, including a disco which was enjoyed by everyone.”