Vera’s big day to remember

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It was 1911, with the coronation of King George V, the first airmail post taking flight in India and the birth of Vera Butterwick.

And now Whitby-born Vera has celebrated her 100th birthday.

She lived in the town for 86 years before moving to Frodsham in Cheshire in 1997 to be nearer her daughter Audrey Lowe.

Audrey and Vera’s niece, Ann Doreen Mercer were among those who joined the celebrations.

As well as a card from the Queen, other well wishers who sent messages of congratulations were Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith and Rosemary Kempsell, the world president of the Mothers’ Union, a charity that Vera has supported for many years

Vera said: “I have a lot of fond memories of growing up in Whitby particularly working at my family’s teashop

“I’ve never had my photo taken so many times or had so many visitors in all my life as I have today.”

The celebrations don’t stop there for Vera as her two grandchildren and four great grandchildren are also planning a family birthday celebration for her. She is also set to become a great grandmother for the fifth time.