Messages from the Queen and Down Under for Ann’s 100th

Gordon Gray presents a bouquet to Ann Horrocks
Gordon Gray presents a bouquet to Ann Horrocks

A CENTENARIAN celebrated a milestone birthday with a message from The Queen.

Ann Horrocks enjoyed her 100th birthday surrounded by friends and family.

The telegram from Buckingham Palace was among dozens of cards, gifts and letters sent to the centenarian, who lives in Tobin Street, in Deaf Hill, Trimdon.

Ann, who was treated to a special party on Wednesday, said she is touched by all the attention she has received.

She said: “It is lovely to have my family and friends with me and to receive so many cards and presents.”

Aside from the Queen’s telegram, Ann, who has two children, five grand-children and six great-grand-children, also received a letter from the Australian branch of the Mother’s Union.

She was a member of the UK branch for over 40 years.

Ann, who has spent all her life in the Trimdons, was also presented with a bouquet of flowers from Gordon Gray, chief executive of the Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association (DAMHA), which owns her property.

DAMHA provide homes to former mineworkers and their families and Ann’s late husband James was a miner for many years.

Mr Gray said: “Doing presentations to mark special occasions like this is one of the best parts about my job and it is nice to be part of the celebrations for such a wonderful lady.”

Ann’s daughter, also called Ann, explained her mother’s longevity.

She said: “She is very independent, has a great sense of humour and is surrounded by her family and friends, who ensure she has everything she needs.”

The chairman of Durham County Council, Councillor Mac Williams, was also a surprise guest, who arrived with a bouquet of flowers for Ann, and she also received a card from Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson.

Ann was a keen walker and was also joined by members of the Wheatley Hill Walking Club.