Hyndburn's most celebrated centenarian enjoyed her 105th birthday with a visit from the mayor.
Alice Horne, the oldest living borough freeman, turned 105 on Monday, February 6.
Alice, of Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, was awarded the high honour of Freedom of the Borough in 2005 in recognition of her extensive charity work.
Alice, originally from Scotland, has led a remarkable life having cheated death on several occasions.
As a child she contracted polio and during the Second World War she was buried under the rubble of a matchstick factory after the German blitz on Liverpool.
At the age of 50, an accident left her confined to a wheelchair and in 2005 she was attacked by intruders who attempted to steal from her home.
But the plucky pensioner has spent many years working for charity and playing sports.
After learning to swim aged 70, she became involved with the Disabled Association for Sport in Hyndburn, taking part in javelin, bowling and darts events and in 1986 she was named Britain’s most active pensioner.
Hyndburn mayor, Coun Colette McCormack visited Alice on her birthday to present her with flowers.
She said: "It was a real privilege to see Alice again and share in her big day."
Conservative party leader Coun Peter Britcliffe was also there along with councillors Marlene Haworth and Brian Walmsley.
Friend Irene Barnes, of Durham Drive, Oswaldtwistle, who has known Alice for more than 20 years, believes a positive attitude is the key to her friend’s good health.
She said: "She is a positive lady, never says anything negative and she has always been fit - I think that goes a long way.
"She is an extremely determined person who never let her disability hold her back.
"I do look up to her and I hope I’m that fit when I’m her age!"