A great-great-grandmother who has lived through seven family generations has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Gertrude Harmon turned 100 years old on Wednesday, November 15, and welcomed family members from across the globe into her home in Woodside Road to mark the occasion.

Mrs Harmon, who was born in Dublin, spent the morning of her birthday at church before enjoying lunch with family, seven of whom travelled from Australia.

She had four children with her late husband Bill, whom she was married to for 52 years, and moved to Salisbury in 1963. Her youngest child was born in 1965.

Now, Mrs Harmon has 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Being the youngest sibling of ten, Mrs Harmon has lived to see seven generations of her family.

Salisbury Journal: We were too busy having fun.We were too busy having fun. (Image: Newsquest)

Talking to the Journal about growing up in Dublin, Mrs Harmon said: "In our days houses were different. We had a colossal garden in which we used to play cricket and all sorts.

"We weren't like the kids nowadays, we were too busy having fun."

Mrs Harmon received a letter from King Charles and Queen Camilla but also a Centenarian Bounty of €2,540 from Michael Higgins, the current president of Ireland.

Mrs Harmon moved to Salisbury, which she described as "a nice place to live" since it was hard for her husband to find work in Ireland. He worked at Wellworthy, a piston manufacturing factory in Harnham.

Before getting married in 1948 she worked in the advertising and press clipping industry, a job she started a few months after turning 14.

Standing a few feet from President Kennedy when he visited Dublin in 1963, roughly a month before he was killed, stood out to Mrs Harmon as a special memory.

Salisbury Journal: A family photograph including Gertrude Harmon, aged seven.A family photograph including Gertrude Harmon, aged seven. (Image: Newsquest)

Life has changed in many ways for Mrs Harmon, some not for the better.

She said: "Life was much simpler back then. Dad had his own painting and decorating business when tradesmen were gold. It was more carefree.

"I would expect from the progress in science everything would be working to perfection but it doesn't. The country should be prospering but we're on our knees, everything is a problem."

On Saturday, November 18, around 80 of Mrs Harmon's family members and friends will gather at Riverside Hotel for afternoon tea to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Since some of Mrs Harmon's grandchildren live in Ireland, across the south of England and Australia it's a chance for a "family union" to meet the whole family.