Celebrations have taken place at Westcotes Care Home in Skegness as Annie Fukes marked her 100th birthday.
With a sparkling wine reception, a birthday card from the Queen and a visit from Skegness’ Mayor and Mayoress Coun George Saxon and wife Julie, Annie’s birthday was celebrated by singing some of her favourite music.
Centurion Annie, born in Warsop, Nottinghamshire, was one of three children, with a brother Sam and sister Ruby.
Annie moved to Skegness in 1946 with her only daughter Carole Clark, who still lives in Skegness and worked at Skegness’ Natureland Seal Sanctuary.
One of Annie’s earliest memories is picking potatoes from fields in Warsop during the school holidays, when she was 11 years old.
Having resided at Westcotes since 2007, assistant care home manager Leslie Blackett said: “Annie is amazing, she is an extremely pleasant, peaceful and largely private person, who is well-liked by all the staff and residents and her lengthy past makes her a very interesting person to speak to.”
Annie was born on December 23, 1914.
Annie, who has four grandchildren and a great niece, worked at the Lion Hotel in Skegness for 26 years in the kitchen and as a cleaner.
She has always enjoyed singing, dancing and knitting.
She cites her favourite song as ‘Let Me Call You Sweetheart’ and her favourite singer as Judy Garland.
Visiting family included great-grandchildren, Annie’s daughter, granddaugher Sally Raynor and grandson’s Philip and Nigel Clarke and their families, with former serviceman Nigel flying in specially for the occasion from Iraq.