John, who was born in 1949, went on to international fame, winning Gold in the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck. He was Britain’s flag bearer for those games and also BBC Sports Personality of the Year the same year. 

Four years later, Rita moved to Binton where she is currently the oldest inhabitant. 

It was in Binton where John Curry died 20 years ago, aged 44, after moving in with his mother for the last few years of his life. 

Her two other sons attended the party along with family and friends and Rita is proud to have granddaughter Zoe, and great-grandson Jack.

She attributes her longevity to “having good plain food whilst growing up, not smoking, not dwelling on the past or anything that happened, always looking forward, and having no regrets.”

Rita asked for no presents, insisting well-wishers donated money to Save The Children charity instead. Around £500 was raised.

Despite a few broken bones over the years she has continued in good health and looks forward to more birthdays with friends and family.