Mary’s 100 not out and still going strong

Family affair: Five generations of the family gathered at the 100th birthday party celebrations at the Village Hall

Family affair: Five generations of the family gathered at the 100th birthday party celebrations at the Village Hall

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It’s hardly surprising Belchford Village Hall was packed to the rafters for Mary Abbott’s 100th birthday party.

It attracted all her family and friends.

And, when you’ve got seven children, 13 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren, that is some family.

Daughter Sue told the News: “It was absolutely brilliant to get everyone together.

“There were something like 120 of us there and mum had a brilliant day.

“She hadn’t seen some members of the family for a few years but they’d travelled from all over the place.

“There were five generations. One of her grandchildren came over from Spain. Others travelled up from the London area. Everyone wanted to be there.”

The village hall proved to be a fitting location for the party.

Mrs Abbott - who received a birthday card from The Queen - was caretaker for many years and only ‘hung up’ her sweeping brush a couple of years ago.

She still helps runs the village playgroup every Friday morning.

Sue added: “Mum’s still very active and gets about and about as much as she can.

“She loves helping people It’s great that she’s still involved.”

Mrs Abbott moved to Belchford in 1948 and still lives in the village.

She is a popular figure in the community and has served on a number of organisations.

Every Thursday, she catches the Dial-A-Ride bus to Horncastle to do her shopping.

On a Wednesday, she attends the Luncheon Club at the Community Centre.

Meanwhile, LIVES will also benefit from her birthday.

Instead of presents, Mrs Abbott asked for donations to be made to LIVES and has raised more than £600.