A SPRIGHTLY lady celebrated her 100th birthday with a spin in a police car.

Great gran Laura Olive was thrilled when officers turned up at Newton Court Care Home in Middlewich to take her out for a ride round town.

The trip was just one of many surprises staff organised to mark her milestone birthday on Monday.

Officers from Middlewich were delighted to treat her to a VIP trip in a police car.

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Laura Olive with children from Kids Planet nursery


Children from Kids Planet nursery turned up with flowers and she received a congratulations card from the Queen.

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Laura Olive enjoyed afternoon tea with her family, friends and residents

Entertainer Sandra Currie staged a Tina Turner tribute act after afternoon tea with her family, residents and staff.

"Laura is a wonderful woman," said Emily Phillips, care home's activity co-ordinator. "She is so easy and interesting to talk to.

"You wouldn't think she was 100, she is absolutely brilliant."

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Laura had lots of surprises to mark her milestone birthday

Laura, whose maiden name was Hartley, was brought up with a brother and two sisters and attended school in Chorlton-cum-Hardy in Manchester.

After leaving school at 14, she went to work for Kodak, developing films in a dark room and says this was her favourite job.

She went on to work in Trafford Park where she met her late husband Eric.

The couple married in 1943 and had a daughter Lynne two years later and a son Robin in 1949.

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Laura and her late husband Eric

Laura left work to become a full-time mum and moved to Northwich due to her husband's job.

Eric became poorly in 1993 and sadly died.

Laura moved to Middlewich to be closer to her daughter, who sadly died from cancer.

Laura lived in a bungalow for 26 years before she went into care.

She has two grandsons, two granddaughters and 11 great grandchildren.

Laura enjoyed a celebration meal with her family on Sunday.

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"All the staff at Newton Court would like to wish Laura a very happy 100th birthday," said Emily. "Laura brings such joy and we are very lucky to have her with us.

"We wish her many more years of health and happiness.

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Staff at Newton Court in Middlewich wish Laura a happy 100th birthday

"We love to involve the community so we were delighted that a police officer contacted us and offered to take Laura out for a spin in a police car. She thoroughly enjoyed it."