Well-known Holbeach character Annie Limming has celebrated her 101st birthday.
The former shopkeeper was joined by family and staff at Holbeach Hospital, which she has called home for the past eight years.
Annie was a familiar face to shoppers at JW Limming pet and garden supplies in Fleet Street, Holbeach, from the day it was opened by her late husband Jack in 1960 until her retirement 25 years later.
Jack and Annie were married for almost 40 years until his death in 1977 and they had three children, Patrick, Rosie and Jackie (now Ewers). Annie also has two grandchildren and a great grandchild.
Annie was born into a farming family at midnight on Thursday, February 24, 1916, the youngest of five children living in Holbeach St Johns.
She lived there until she married Jack at the age of 21. During and after World War Two, she worked as a nurse in various hospitals until Jack opened Limmings after converting the couple’s living room into a shop for farmers and growers.
Her children claim the secret to her longevity is down to her hardy upbringing, including drinking fresh unpasteurised milk straight from the farm, being persistently stubborn and a lifetime of hard work and graft.
Annie used to go out in her 70s and help ‘old folk’ younger than herself with their gardening.
She was very active right up to her early 90s and has always helped people; never thinking of herself as on ‘old person.’ She also somewhat goes against current health advice and has always drunk full fat cream milk and very little water.
Her children also put her long life down to the excellent care she has received at Holbeach Hospital since becoming a resident in 2009.
She is currently the hospital’s second oldest resident. Manager Maxine Winch said “Annie still likes playing cards and greatly enjoys the entertainment and music and movement sessions.”