Ingleby Barwick Town Mayor and Councillor Stefan Barnes also attended to wish Ethel a happy birthday on her centenary.
Carol Singleton, home manager at Ingleby Care Home, on Lamb Lane, Stockton-on-Tees, said: “Ethel is one of our oldest residents but she only joined us in 2016 – after a short stay while her daughter was on holiday.
“She enjoyed her time here so much she decided to stay and is now one of the biggest characters in the home. She’s full of life and really enjoyed celebrating her birthday.”
Following the death of her late husband, Ethel moved to Middlesbrough and took a job as a pot washer in a local school, as a way of overcoming her depression. She retired at 65 after working her way up to school cook.
At 80, Ethel was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy. In choosing to fight the cancer, she said: “You’re never too old. It’s only over if you think it’s over.”
In 2016, she planned a one week stay at Ingleby Care Home while her daughter went on holiday, but chose to stay at the home, where she lives today.