A RINGWOOD care home resident has credited being a lifelong vegetarian as the reason why she has celebrated her 107th birthday.

Nin Fisher, who lives at St Ives House in Ashley Heath, received a visit from the deputy mayor of Ringwood, Cllr Rae Frederick and Simon Bird, chief executive of Care South, on her birthday on Thursday, April 11.

She then went out for a pub lunch with her friends from the care home, her daughter, Jane, and son-in-law, Eric, followed by tea and birthday cake back at the care home.

Nin says the secret to reaching 107 is she has been vegetarian all her life.

She said: “I have never eaten meat. It’s not so much that I don’t like it. It’s more that I have never tried it.”

Nin received bouquets of flowers and a range of cards to decorate her room. These included a card from King Charles and Queen Camilla, which can be added to her collection of cards received from the King and his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on Nin’s 100th, 105th, and 106th birthdays.

Speaking about her big birthday, Nin said: “Everybody has been so wonderful to me. When I woke up in the morning, I remembered that it was going to be a special day for me.”