Betty’s birthday marked with a guest appearance

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Avery special surprise gave Betty Hazel something to smile about when family and friends gathered to celebrated her birthday.

Betty turned 103 on Sunday and marked the occasion with a party at Southsea Community Centre on Saturday.

And daughter Babs Hazel made sure it was a party to remember when she arranged for the Pompey Pluckers ukelele band to play – with a one-off addition for a special rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’.

‘I have been learning to play the ukelele since January,’ says Babs. ‘She had no idea and I played ‘Happy Birthday’ with them.

‘She was thrilled to bits with that, you should have seen her face. It was a complete surprise.

‘She loves her music and we also had a nice meal.’

Betty grew up in Wandsworth, London, and moved to Portsmouth with husband George. They’d been introduced as pen pals through mutual friends and love blossomed.

Betty lives in Old Portsmouth and Babs says she’s still an independent lady. She visits the Salvation Army in Albert Road, Southsea, three times a week and many of her friends from there joined her for the party.

Betty has six grandchildren as well as great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Babs also organised a second party for Betty’s friends on Sunday.

‘She had a lovely time,’ adds Babs. ‘She really enjoyed herself.’