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Martha celebrates big day with a £10 bingo win

Martha Tomlinson celebrates her 102nd birthday at Empire Bingo with daughter Marian Gannon.

Martha Tomlinson celebrates her 102nd birthday at Empire Bingo with daughter Marian Gannon.

A bingo veteran celebrated her 102nd birthday by playing the game she loved.

Martha Tomlinson, has been going to Empire Bingo on Hawes Side Lane for nearly 40 years and did not break the habit of a lifetime on her special day.

But staff surprised her with a cake, balloons, flowers and cards and to top it all she won £10 on her first game.

They had previously treated their much-loved regular to a party to mark her landmark 100th birthday.

Martha, from St Annes, goes to the bingo hall on Wednesday and Saturday afternoon, sometimes with a taxi-load of friends from the town, and at other times with her daughter Marion Gannon.

Bingo operative Val Brant, said: “Everyone thinks Martha is amazing for her age, she puts everyone to shame.

“She’s a jovial lady and every May when I do the 10k fun run in Blackpool she knits me a pair of socks - this time she has done me some blue ones.

“But she is also a very private person and she never grumbles.

“She’s a remarkable lady who tells us all sorts of stories from all the generations she has been alive.”

Ms Brant said Val’s life had included time as a landgirl during the war, working on the buses and three marriages.

“Martha is our oldest customer by some distance,” she added.

“I think she comes for the social side as much as everything - she gets to see everyone and she will be bring in papers and magazines for people.

“She has said she will carry on coming here for as long as she is able to and I think she is proof that bingo is good for your health.”

 

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