On her 90th birthday Annie Squires said she wanted to be around to get her card from the Queen.
And that day came last Friday, when the Rasen resident celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends.
Annie was the eldest of the four Boothman children and her youngest sister, Jennet, now aged 86 years and her last surviving sibling, was one of those who travelled to celebrate this momentous occasion.
Annie was born on January 24, 1914 in Ellesmere Port, Liverpool, but the family moved around with her father’s job - pig man on the estates of landed gentry, including Lord Derby.
Finally, they settled in Lincolnshire and Annie continued to live with her parents at Ludford and worked for some time at Gorbutt’s Shop in Caistor.
At the age of 64, Annie married Ted Squires and the couple moved first to Middle Rasen and then to Market Rasen.
Sadly, Ted died on Annie’s 80th birthday.
Annie continued to live in Market Rasen’s Gordon Field and later in Lammas Leas - all the time enjoying her regular trips out to play bingo.
Last September, she moved into the Poplars, where last Friday’s celebrations were held in the Warren Day Centre.