Grand old Mary celebrates 100th birthday in Burgh-le-Marsh

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Less than a week after the country celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday, Her Majesty was sending out a card to a special Burgh-le-Marsh resident who has reached the grand old age of 100.

Mary Borrill joined friends at the weekly luncheon club in the village hall today, where there was a toast and she was presented with flowers and a birthday cake. Also there were two of her four children, Gladys Borrill and Pat Ingham, and her grandson, Alan – a mere 48 years old - who was helping at the luncheon.

Mary Borrill of Burgh-le-Marsh cutting her 100th birthday cake surrounded by members of her family. ANL-160617-151903001

Mary Borrill of Burgh-le-Marsh cutting her 100th birthday cake surrounded by members of her family. ANL-160617-151903001

Yesterday a family party was held at the Lumley Hotel in Skegness, attended by 60 relatives from four generations.

Mary, who worked on a farm in Great Steeping before retiring to Burgh-le-Marsh 40 years ago, said: “I’m having a lovely time. I’m not sure what my secret to a long life is – I’m just grateful Him up there has given me the chance. But I’ve always enjoyed good plain food and kept busy.”

She only learned to drive at 50 and enjoyed travelling around the country until she gave up her licence at 90. Alan said: “She’s a tough old nut who keeps going. I’m really proud of her.”