THERE were parties galore for birthday girl Mary Haugh as she reached the grand age of 100.
Mrs Haugh enjoyed her first celebration with about 40 relatives and friends at the Waterford Lodge in Morpeth, before joining fellow residents at Ponteland Manor Care Home for a smaller birthday bash.
The former school worker only moved to the Ponteland home about a year ago after spending all of her life in Stamfordham. She was born on a farm at Hillhead and is well known locally for her impressive baking and cookery skills.
And the secret to her long and happy years – she doesn’t drink or smoke, and eats lots of fruit and vegetables.
Her granddaughter Jill Atherton said: “My gran has always been very physically active, having been brought up on a farm. She never drank and never smoked, which is probably why she has got to 100.
“She would always bake cakes and make marmalade and at Christmas she baked cakes and puddings in large quantities to give to lots of people in the village.
“She was very happy at her party. We know she enjoyed it because she is known for speaking her mind, she is quite a character.”
Mrs Haugh was married to Leslie and had three children. She now has eight great-grandchildren.