A lady in Louth marked a very special occasion last week, as she celebrated her 100th birthday - with her card from the Queen in hand.
Mary Betts, of Welbeck Way, celebrated her remarkable achievement on August 22, and her relatives from all over the country - and indeed, the world - came to join her for the occasion.
The former teacher, who moved to Louth from Tetford in 2005, said: “I had a big party at The Splash with all my relatives, including my nieces and nephews who came over from Canada.
“Then at church on Sunday, the congregation had a party for me after the service. The residents in the sheltered housing in Welbeck Way also had a celebratory luncheon for my birthday - after three parties, I’m a bit worn out!”
Mary was born in the North East in 1914, and headed down south to look for work as an infant schoolteacher.
She taught from 1936 until her retirement in 1975, spending the final 11 years as a head teacher.
While living down in Surrey, Mary met her husband Angus Betts. The couple married in 1940, until Angus passed away in 1989.
Together, they had a daughter Jean who lives in the Horncastle area. Mary also has two grandchildren, Wendy and Barry, and two great-grandchildren, Hollie and Callum.
Mary is due to become a great-great-grandmother in October, as Hollie is expecting her first child.
Mary said: “It’s wonderful to have my family all close by, and I’m lucky to still be full of life. I’m sure that teaching PE helped me to reach 100 years!”