A great great grandmother who worked in service from the age of 14 has celebrated her 100th birthday.
Elsie Thompson was one of six children born to Herbert and Claire Cook in New Bradwell on March 14, 1914, but later moved to Leighton Buzzard to work in service at All Saints Church vicarage for The Reverend Hill and Mrs Hill.
In 1931, aged 17, she met her future husband, Leonard Thompson, who worked as a telegram boy and says much of their courtship was done with Elsie waving to Len from her bedroom window.
On June 11, 1938, Len and Elsie married and three years later their daughter Janet was born – but Len was sent to war when she was just 11 days old.
After returning home safely their second daughter Frances was born and later the couple began working closely with the Methodist Church before Len’s death in 1974. At 82, Elsie moved in with Janet in Milton Keynes, but returned to Leighton in 2009 to Carrington House in Vandyke Road where she celebrated her birthday with family on Friday.
Elsie is pictured with her six-month old great great granddaughter Isabella.