Lockdown did not stop one Chirk resident from celebrating her 100th birthday on Friday.

Mabs Paget MBE, who is a resident at Chirk Court care home, celebrated reaching the special milestone with a Zoom call to her family members.

She also enjoyed a tea party with her friends and members of staff at the care home.

The 100-year-old was inundated with cards, which included one special birthday wish from Her Majesty The Queen.

Mabs has lived in Chirk for almost 60 years after moving to the town in 1961.

Before then, Mabs originally lived in Stowmarket where she trained to become a secretary and joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRENS).

Having joined the WRENS, Mabs’ work saw her travel far and wide to places including Australia and Hong Kong, meeting her husband Basil at the latter.

The couple married in England in 1949, 12 years before their move to Chirk.

In 1970, Mabs took up the position of a secretary and personal assistant to Martin Kaindl at Kronospan.

She spent many years at the company before her retirement, and went on to set up her own business – Haywards Employment Agency – which she ran from home for many years.

But Mabs was widely known for her fundraising efforts and support of various charities.

When at Kronospan, she was on a number of fundraising committees including NSPCC, RNLI, League of Friends and Cancer Research UK to name a few.

In February 1969, Mabs chaired the first initial NSPCC meeting in Chirk which was held in her home.

She has been chairman, secretary and is at present an honorary president with Chirk NSPCC.

Mabs, along with the committee, has helped raise thousands of pounds for children who find themselves in very difficult circumstances.

On top of that, she was also a member of, and secretary for, Cancer Research UK for more than 50 years.

Together with that committee, she played her part in helping to raise in excess of £200,000.

Mabs hosted many fundraising events at her home from Strawberry teas and the Big Breakfast to Christmas fairs.

And in 2005, her fundraising efforts saw her receive recognition in the form of a special honour as she was appointed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).