A NEWPORT cancer survivor celebrated her 100th birthday among family and friends yesterday.

Maud Davies, born Harriet Maud Pring in 1909, twice beat breast cancer in her 70s and 80s and later bowel cancer in her 90s.

The mother-of-three to Carol Jones, 71, Dianne Grubb, 68 and Bob Davies who died in 1989 aged 59, was joined by Newport Mayor Cllr Glyn Jarvis at a party at Blaen-y-Pant residential home, Malpas, where she has lived for five years.

Mrs Davies left school aged 14 and went to work at Harrison’s Drapers in Commercial Street, Newport, which later became Peacocks.

She left to raise her family when she married her husband Bill aged 19, but returned after Mr Davies died aged 46 of emphysema in 1954.

She continued to work at the store until she retired aged 68.

Mrs Davies was a member of the Maesglas Labour Women’s Section and helped canvass for her father Robert Pring who was a Labour councillor for Pill.

She has six great grandchildren and a great-great granddaughter Caitlin, three.

Mrs Davies’ daughter Carol, described her mum as a “remarkable woman” who was very generous and caring.