TWO Burnham-on-Sea pensioners are celebrating after reaching milestone birthdays.

Earnest Fletcher celebrated his 100th birthday on Sunday (August 4) with a party with friends and family at his home in Burnham Road.

He was also sent a letter from the Queen congratulating him on his 100th birthday and also received a telegram from Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Works and Pensions.

Earnest lived and worked in Wolverhampton for many years as an engine fitter for the Royal Air Force (RAF) and travelled all over the country to repair and fit car engines.

He was married to his wife, Beryl for 60 years, and has two children and two grandchildren.

He said: “If you live to be 100 it will be worth it.

“My fondest memory was when I was in my 20’s and I could have all of the girls.

“I was drafted into the RAF during the war and had a good experience. I used to repair and fit engines and enjoyed my work.

“I lived in Wolverhampton for most of my life but have lived and travelled to places all over the UK.

“When I was younger I used to love spending time on my allotment and also used to keep bees.”

Beaufort House resident Naomi Vowels was also celebrating on Sunday after reaching her 103rd birthday.

Naomi was surprised by staff at the home in Rectory Road with a party complete with cake, balloons and cards.

The 103 year old was born in Wiltshire and worked on a farm and in stables with top show horses from the age of 19.

Naomi was one of ten siblings and has two children and ten grandchildren.

She said: “I had no experience of working with horses so I was really surprised when they agreed to hire me.

“I loved working with horses so it was a joy for me to do it. I was so surprised when the staff put on a party for me, I had a wonderful time and enjoyed a wonderful celebration.”