Sporty Mary reaches 100 mark

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SHE might have reached the 100 mark - but century-old Mary Thorpe is showing no signs of slowing down.

North Derbyshire-born and bred, the sport-mad great grandmother was all smiles as she toasted the landmark birthday at a party surrounded by family and friends.

The mother-of-three was born in Coal Aston, Dronfield, in May 1912.

She married her sweetheart, the late Gillis, at the tender age of 20 and the couple had three sons together.

Mary was a keen tennis player in her youth and was a regular at her local golf club until well into her 90s.

These days, she takes it a little easier, but still lives independently, attends church frequently and enjoys her weekly game of bridge.

An army of relatives, including 11 great grandchildren, gathered in Coal Aston, where Mary still lives, for her big day.

Great granddaughter Alex Thorpe, 22, of Dronfield, said: “She is full of life, she goes and plays bridge every Monday and she still lives on her own.

“She always played sport and she is still really interested in it. She’s the leader of our family.”