A 97-year-old great-grandmother who served as a corporal in theWomen’s RAF during the Second World War has beaten coronavirus.

Joyce Goldstraw, from Leek in Staffordshire, fell ill on Monday, March16 and tested positive for the virus.

She was taken to Macclesfield General Hospital where she was treated for a fortnight.

Hospital measures and rules around social distancing meant she couldn’t be visited by her three children, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Her family wondered if the virus, or restrictions imposed by the Government, would prevent Joyce from returning home.

However, against all odds, the near-centenarian made a full recovery and returned home last week after tests showed she had overcome the disease.

My mum has always been incredibly strong, but to have seen off the coronavirus is unbelievable.

John Goldstraw, Joyce's son

Joyce was stationed at Tern Hill RAF airfield, in Shropshire, duringthe Second World War, working on Lancaster Bombers and Spitfireaircraft.

As the country remains in lockdown, Joyce is urging people to listen to the Governments stay at home message so that normality can be restored in time for her granddaughter Alice to be married in the autumn.

97-year-old Joyce is a great-grandmother. Credit: BPM Media

We are all so proud of Nana, she is an inspiration. It’s remarkable that a lady of her age has overcome the virus - and credit must go to the NHS staff who are putting themselves at risk to provide the care that people need.

Alice, Joyce's granddaughter

Joyce is one of the oldest women in the UK to have beaten coronavirus.