CENTENARIAN Annie Bostock celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by five generations of her loving family.
The much-loved mum, nan, great-grandma and great great-grandma – who is still “as bright as a button” – also revealed that the secret to her long life was down to a combination of brandy, puddings, the odd dirty joke and her relatives.
Annie enjoyed her milestone birthday yesterday at the Bramley Court housing complex, off Rossmere Way, in Hartlepool, after also having a party with family and friends on Thursday night.
She received a card from the The Queen as well as jewellery, flowers, photographs and some bottles of her favourite tipple.
The retired cleaner and cafe worker said: “I’ve got all sorts, I’ve been spoilt rotten.
“It’s lovely to have all my family here.
“I’ve had a lovely day.”
When asked the secret to her long life she said: “My mam’s puddings are the secret to my long life, they were lovely. Them and brandy and ginger, I had three at my party the other night.
“My family have kept me busy as well. I didn’t have time to stop.”
Her grandaughter Debbie Gayford, 45, added: “My nan is also always singing and she likes telling the odd dirty joke! She’s as bright as a button. She’s brilliant for her age.”
Annie, whose maiden name was Callaghan, grew up in the Oxford Street area of Hartlepool, and was one of eight siblings.
She met her husband Arthur at a house party, when Annie said he caught her attention when he tapped her on the bottom.
They were married in the town’s St Cuthbert’s Church Hall and lived off Mainsforth Terrace, in Hartlepool, where they brought up their five children, Margaret Mowbray, 71, who now lives in New Zealand, Peter Bostock, 70, Joan Macklam, 67, Barbara Horton, 66, and Paul Bostock, 58.
Altogether, Annie has a total of 43 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.