A woman who celebrated turning 102 has said "good sex and good sherry" is the key to her success in living a long and happy life. Joyce Jackman celebrated her birthday on May 9 and told staff at her care home that she has a couple of secrets for living a satisfying life. The former RAF chef from Colchester, Essex, was surprised with a cake at Care UK's Silversprings, Thorrington, care home.

Her family came to visit to celebrate her birthday with her as she said she "didn't want the day to end".

Joyce said: "I had such a lovely day.

"I can't believe I'm 102 - it must be all the chocolate I eat that's helped!"

In her early life, Joyce worked in a sweet shop, before joining the RAF as a chef during World War Two.

Joyce, now widowed, married her childhood sweetheart, Terence Jackman, in 1945 after the war ended.

While they never had children, Joyce loved to help out looking after the children in her neighbourhood, as well as enjoying baking with her mother and going out with her friends.

Now, Joyce enjoys keeping her mind busy at Silversprings with regular crossword puzzles and staying up-to-date with the daily newspaper - as well as enjoying plenty of chocolate.

Joanne Rix, Home Manager at Silversprings, added: "Joyce is a much-loved resident at the home - she's always making us laugh with her fantastic sense of humour and outlook on life.

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"It was wonderful to be part of her special day.

"Here at Silversprings, we work hard to support residents to lead fulfilling lives, and celebrating special occasions and birthdays plays a huge part in this.

"We were honoured to raise a glass of sherry to Joyce's incredible life so far and are privileged to have her as part of our Silversprings family."

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