Meet the ace in the pack who is relishing spending the evening of her 100th birthday playing cards.
Mamie Heyworth has long been a real diamond at competing as well as watching sport and when asked what would be the ideal way to mark her centenary, she opted for her regular Thursday session with her fellow members of Ansdell-based Clifton Bridge Club.
“I’ve just asked that no-one should trump my tricks that night,” said the great-grandmother of six from Lytham, who has won a host of trophies since taking up bridge at the age of 61.
Mamie also made a name for herself in Fylde sporting circles by winning prizes galore and being selected to play for the county after taking up bowls at 49 and playing until she was 93.
She remains an honorary member of the Lowther Gardens club.
Mamie – born Eleanor Mary but known by her nickname from a very early age – also avidly follows most sports on satellite TV and is particularly looking forward to watching the Australian Open fortunes of her current tennis favourite Andy Murray.
“Mum is a remarkable lady and we are all very proud of her,” said Mamie’s daughter Susan.
“She makes sure she eats well, gets plenty of fresh air and the right amount of sleep,
“But she absolutely loves her sport and is always keen to keep right up to date with current events.
“When we asked her how she wanted to spend this evening, there was no hesitation in her saying she wanted to go to the bridge club as usual.”
Clifton Bridge Club spokesman Dave Johnston said: “Mamie has been playing here for many years and is loved by everyone at the club.
“She is a real character and is still winning trophies to this day.”
Mamie was born in Lytham in 1915, one of seven children.
Her love of sport was in her blood from the outset as dad Jim Valentine was greenkeeper at Fairhaven Golf Club.
She attended St Peter’s Church School and married Harold Heyworth in 1939. He died in 1976.
During her working life, Mamie was a familiar face at shops in Ansdell and Lytham.
She still attends Mass at St Peter’s Church and a long-time annual tradition of her producing mince pies, many of which in previous years were avidly consumed in Germany during work trips there by son-in-law Andy, continued in the festive season just ended.
Along with Susan and Andy, Mamie will be joined at a family celebration meal this weekend by grandchildren Adam, Edward, Sally and Sophie and great-grandchildren William, Toby, Hugo, Archie, Oliver and Oscar.