Friends gather for Betty's birthday

PUBLISHED: 20:00 31 March 2016

Betty with her 100th birthday cake.

Betty with her 100th birthday cake.

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A woman who once helped to run the courts in Weston has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Betty and the care staff from Albert House.Betty and the care staff from Albert House.

Constance Bessie Simpson, who is better known as Betty, also worked in the Court of Protection in London for 10 years in a senior role.

She then relocated to Bristol, and worked in the Court of Protection there, before moving to Weston, where she has lived and worked for 35 years.

Mrs Simpson was born in Warwickshire, and lived in Kenilworth once she was married.

She has one son, named Martin, and her family had two dogs and a pet pig called Patrick, who was reared in the airing cupboard.

Patrick used to greet Martin when he returned home from school every day.

When Mrs Simpson moved to Weston, she worked in an office above Lloyds Bank in High Street, helping to run the town’s courts until she retired.

She says she has a passion for sherry, and one of her favourite sayings is ‘any time is sherry time’.

She enjoys meeting friends for games of bridge, and visiting antique fairs. She is also a keen long-term supporter of a donkey sanctuary.

Mrs Simpson celebrated her birthday with friends and former colleagues at Albert House Nursing Home in Albert Road.

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