One of Birmingham's most popular politicians who "led the way for women on the council" has been congratulated on her 100th birthday.
Freda Cocks is most remembered as the Lord Mayor who welcomed the Queen to Birmingham during her 1977 Silver Jubilee tour.
But the former Conservative councillor was also a pioneer for women in local politics.
She was the first Conservative woman to be elected Lord Mayor, the first to be chairman of any major city committee and the first to be given the freedom of the city.
Now at the Digby Manor residential home, she celebrated the landmark birthday with close family and friends and an official visit from current Lord Mayor Ray Hassall.
Conservative group deputy leader Coun Randal Brew, also a former Lord Mayor, said: "Freda led the way for women on the council.
"She chaired the housing committee and was the first woman to be deputy leader and, of course with Marjorie Brown, another female Lord Mayor, was the first to be given the freedom of the city.
"She is highly respected as both a councillor and a person. She has every right to be proud, we are certainly all very proud of her."
Lord Mayor Ray Hassall said: "It is a privilege to be here to congratulate Freda on her 100th birthday.
"The many people here shows just how respected she is. She achieved so much and has done a lot for this city over the years."
She was known as 'Fighting Freda' and was a key player in the policy of slum clearances in the 1950s and 60s and creation of new estates.
Never pompous, she later admitted the policy of moving large numbers of people into tower blocks had been a mistake.
Freda also served as a magistrate and was awarded an OBE.
Shortly after her retirement from front-line politics in 1991 after 37 years as a councillor, she lost her eyesight.
Despite this setback, she remained very much involved in charity and voluntary work, with the League of Friends of the Eye Hospital, City Hospital and Women's Hospital and was also an active member of the Rathbone Society.
The highlight of her year as Lord Mayor was undoubtedly the Silver Jubilee.
Interviewed in 2002, she recalled the Queen's visit and said: "I remembered to call her 'Your Majesty' the first time I spoke to her, then 'ma'am' - to rhyme with 'ram' subsequently and I had to introduce her to other council members.
"She was gracious to them, smiled into their faces and put them at their ease. Then, the line-up over, she said to me: 'That's got rid of the top-notchers. Let's go and meet the people.' So we did.
"I remember with hindsight that she went almost on her knees to speak to children. The idea that Diana was the first royal to bother with them is completely wrong. The Queen picked them out in the crowd and walked towards them.
"We came across a little ragamuffinly type, a Just William lad with high socks concertinaed round his ankles, his tie under one ear and his hair standing on end.
"He had this big bunch of red roses tied up with tatty old string and, as the Queen paused in front of him, he bowed and said: 'Ere y'are, Missus' as he thrust the flowers towards her.
"She burst out laughing, ruffled his hair and said 'are these from your garden?' 'Yerrs, Missus', he told her, and she asked if he or his mother had picked them.
"He said: 'No, Missus, I nicked 'em.' As she walked away from him, still laughing, she said to me: 'You know, you always get most fun from the children'."