Staff at a nursing home in Abbots Langley were elated to celebrate the 110th birthday of one of their residents this week.

Muriel Green, who has lived at Arden House Nursing Home since 2006, reached the significant milestone on Wednesday and was treated with a birthday cake by staff. 

According to the home manager, Theresa Tayag, the secret to Mrs Green's long life is ballet. Just two years ago, Mrs Green, a former ballet teacher, could still put her leg up to her head. 

Theresa Tayag, the home manager, said: "Muriel is amazing for her age. She's still eating well, she has porridge and two sandwiches every morning, she's on no medication and she generally sleeps well every night. Last year she was the second oldest person in Hertfordshire."

Born in central London, Mrs Green moved to Abbots Langley when she was 18 months old after her father bought Duck's Farm. She then moved to Kings Langley after marrying her late husband in her 20s and has lived there ever since. 

Ms Tayag added: "She doesn't speak much anymore but she used to be very chatty. Two years ago Muriel would still get up and dance. She would dance with staff and anyone who visited the home. During her time here, she's always been the centre of attention."

One of Mrs Green's good friends, who she knew before marrying her husband, also visited her on Thursday to give her his best wishes.