THEY say dancing keeps you young and West Fife's latest centenarian is proof positive!

Alice Black celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday and members of her line dancing club threw a special surprise party for her on Tuesday evening to celebrate.

The Dalgety Bay pensioner still dances every week in Inverkeithing's St Peter in Chains church hall and believes this has helped her stay young.

"That is the secret," she said. "Just getting out and doing things. Company is important as well. If you meet somebody and they speak to you, you speak back to them.

"I have always liked to dance. I did the line dancing for quite a lot of years. I used to go three times a week but now it is just once a week."

The dancing group, titled the Tuesday Club, threw a surprise party for her at their weekly gathering.

"They did the same for me when I was 90," she added. "I had no idea they were going to do it."

Alice began her working life in Inverkeithing at the age of 14 at Caldwell's paper mill. When war broke out, she went to do her national service at Crombie where she remained until the war was over.

She married husband Andrew, a miner, at Dunfermline Co-operative Hall in 1943 and their daughter, Helen, was born in 1945. She worked as a school dinner lady in Oakley and as an insurance agent before going to work as a wages clerk with Paton and Baldwin in Alloa where she stayed for 18 years before retiring.

As well as daughter Helen, Alice has one grand-daughter and a grandson. They joined her for a family celebration on Sunday at the Garvock House Hotel.