A caring and much-loved great-great-grandmother has enjoyed birthday greetings from over 3,000 people as she turns 100.

Former care assistant Rosie Cochrane entered her second century on January 21 this year.

Although lockdown means the celebration, from her assisted living home in Bedlington, wasn't quite what she might have planned before the pandemic, granddaughter Christine Logan was determined to ensure 'Granny Rosie' was showered with love on her special day.

Northumberland County Council fostering team manager Christine said: “Growing up I would watch her and my mam care for others, and just knew I wanted to do the same.

"She has always put others first and cared for others where she can, be it family, friends or through her work. She is a real inspiration and it is because of her I chose my career path and have also fostered to help others in any way I can.

"It has been a really difficult time not being able to see her. She loves to get her nails and hair done, go shopping and travel. But we know we must do all we can to keep her safe and ourselves right now.

"So, we asked everyone near and far to send us birthday messages that we can share with her virtually.”

Over 3,000 birthday messages have come in for "social butterfly" Rosie, who is missing being the "life and soul of the party".

A mother of four, grandmother to nine, great-grandmother to eleven and great-great-grandmother to eight, Rosie has also been a big part of her local community over the years.

She's recently received her first coronavirus jab and hopes it won't be too long before she's socialising again.

Rosie said: “I was over the moon to get my first Covid-19 vaccination. I have really missed seeing friends in the communal room or having visits from my family. This is just one step closer in getting back to that.

"It has been really important for all of us here to follow the guidance as we all want to stay safe and get back to what we know and get out again."

Christine added: “It is her ethos in life that I have helped to embed in the fostering service; developing support for children and families and encouraging foster families to get to know each other and get the children to know each other. Now more than ever we have learnt the importance of connecting with people and I hope we can continue that within our service for years to come."

As well as the video, on Thursday, Rosie’s son and daughter-in-law, her support bubble, drove her around the homes of friends and family so they could shout their birthday wishes from their doorsteps. A true lover of fancy dress, Rosie donned a tiara, sash and fake fur coat so she could be 'Queen for the day'.

Councillor Veronica Jones, cabinet member for adult wellbeing said: “It is lovely to see a family pull together to celebrate this inspirational lady’s birthday. It has been particularly hard on our elderly, those in care homes and sheltered housing over the past year, and this will go a long way in lifting those spirits of not only Rosie but of her friends, family and her neighbours.

"Many families have thought of alternative ways to celebrate loved one’s birthdays, and whilst we continue to experience the effects of the pandemic it shows how resilient we are, and what can be achieved when we pull together.

"I wish Rosie, and anyone else celebrating a birthday right now a very happy birthday.”