AN ISLE of Wight resident spent his 100th birthday with carers in lockdown, and his family on Facetime.

Leslie Veale celebrated his centenary at Highfield Nursing Home in Ryde, where carers spent the day with him, calling his family and opening cards.

Leslie also received a letter from the Queen, and one of the chefs baked a cake.

Dee Cooper, activities coordinator at the home, said: "100 years ago, on Sunday, May 17, Leslie Veale was born.

"The lockdown did not stop us from celebrating this amazing day.

"I Facetimed Leslie’s two daughters, Janet and Diane, so they could see their dad and join in with the celebrations.

"The Facetime ended up with other family members joining in too.

"The bedroom was decorated with cards, bunting, balloons along with a '100 today' T-shirt."

Leslie was born in East London, one of five children, later during the Second World War he was stationed in Belgium and France.

Afterwards he worked in printing and publishing, where he worked his way up to becoming a university lecturer of typography.

"The bedroom was decorated with cards, bunting, balloons along with a '100 today' T-shirt."

He never had any formal education, so he had to work his way there by attending night classes.

Later in life he found a love for gardening and spent a lot of time travelling alongside his mother, and was an active member of a theatre group.