Connie marks 100 years with party

100-year-old  Connie Robinson of Market Deeping EMN-141010-173217009
100-year-old Connie Robinson of Market Deeping EMN-141010-173217009

A woman from Deeping St James celebrated turning the big 100 at the weekend at a surprise party with all of her friends and family.

Connie Robinson from Cartmell Court in Deeping St James marked the milestone at a party held at The Stage on Saturday, with more than 40 members of her family and friends attending.

The day was organised by Connie’s only son, Richard and his wife Lorraine, and guests included Connie’s four great grandchildren, two granddaughters and her niece, Carole.

On the day of Connie’s birthday on Thursday last week, Connie and her family went out for a lunch at the Bluebell in Glinton.

Connie received lots of lovely gifts for her birthday including a professional photograph of all the family and the famous telegram from the Queen.

Connie also received a bouquet of flowers from Morrisons in Stamford, where she has been a regular shopper for 26 years.

Connie said: “It feels good to be 100, you’ve got to make life what it is - I have a wonderful family and its lovely to be around them all on such a special day.”

Connie, who grew up originally in Preston, worked at a train station before being called for war duty - making spitfire bullets. Connie has lived independently for a long time, following the death of her husband Denny in 1971.

She has lived in Deeping for more than half a century and has been a valued member of the community.

Connie said the secret to reaching 100 was: “Be as happy as you can, life’s short so you must enjoy every day.”

But her family joked that the secret was down to a “life filled with gin and fags”.

Connie’s son, Richard said, “I am extremely proud of my mother, it’s an absolutely wonderful achievement - she’s done so well and continues to do so.”