A FORMER Royal Air Force servicewoman celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday.

Marjorie Christopher was ‘born and bred’ in Wombwell but during the Second World War served in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, in various places - including Kent prior to the Normandy invasion.

Her last posting was at RAF Catfoss near Brandesburton, East Yorkshire, and once she settled in Wombwell, she never moved away from the town.

She worked in the kitchen at the former Highfield School and moved into Conifers Nursing Home on Brampton Road, Wombwell in December 2017.

It was during her service she met husband Jim, who ‘defended her honour’ on a train full of squaddies.

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Michael, 74, one of Marjorie’s two sons alongside 65-year-old Robert, said: “My mother was a corporal and my father was a lance corporal, so she said she used to pull rank on him.

“She was a fantastic cook - she never measured everything, it was all by experience - and we didn’t have a great deal but me and my brother were always well-clothed and had hot meals.

“Conifers is a fantastic place.

“She’s really been looked after there.”