Messages and cards came from all over the world when popular Tessa Glynne-Howell turned 100.
Tessa has many friends and relatives in other countries, so there were birthday wishes from Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India and North and South America.
She also celebrated for four days with her friends and family in the UK.
Tessa’s god-daughter Pauline Elliott said: ‘She’s so very cheerful and pleasant. She said once, “what’s the point of complaining, no one would come to see me if I complained all the time”. She likes to see people and people like to keep in touch with her.’
The popular centenarian welcomed about 50 visitors to her home on the big day and then followed that up with celebratory lunches. She was given a cake at her church after the Sunday service and the next day marked her grand age with friends at the Monday Lunch Club In Fareham.
Tessa has led an interesting life. She grew up in India and met her husband there. She was in a senior secretarial position for a large company in Bombay and worked for the Bishop of Portsmouth after settling in the UK in the mid 1960s.
Tessa was thrilled with the attention she received from her many friends and relatives, both locally, across the UK and abroad. She said: ‘I had a wonderful time. It was lovely to be surrounded by my friends and family. A big thank you to everybody concerned for making my day so very special.’