WHEN Annie Wild was born King George V was on the throne and since then she has witnessed the coronations of three more monarchs.

And on Saturday a party fit for a queen was thrown for Mrs Wild, who celebrated her own landmark moment — becoming a 100-years-old.

Centenarian celebrated the milestone at Spennymoor Care Home in Heaton with family, friends, carers and residents.

Vanessa Jackson, senior carer, said: “Staff say it’s a great pleasure to care for Annie, she is always smiling and never complains about anything.”

Mrs Wild was born in Bolton and went to Sunninghill School before working as a weaver in the cotton mills.

She grew-up in Burnaby Street in Daubhill and speaks fondly of her childhood years.

When the Second World War broke out Annie worked as a supervisor on ammunitions and planes for the services, travelling to Manchester to take part in the war effort.

She regularly experienced the shelling of the city.

Tragically, lost her parents within three months of each other when she was just 18-years-old.

Mrs Wild went on to marry Walter Grayson and moved with him to his posting for the RAF, travelling to the Isle of Man and Scotland and became a very happy housewife.

Miss Jackson said: “Walter died aged 42 leaving Annie alone and struggling. But her three daughters were happy and provided for due to Annie’s thrifty management and good use of a Singer sewing machine.”

Later she remarried Austin Wild but, sadly, he died six years later.

In 2014 Mrs Wild moved from her house in Hatfield Road to Spennymoor.

She said: “I had a very nice time.

“I don’t think there is any secret to a long life, it is luck of the draw.”

Staff said Mrs Wild, who has eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, had a lovely birthday, looks a lot younger than her years and still quite indepedent.