A north Norfolk pensioner who loved to travel has received more than 300 cards from all over the world for her 100th birthday.

Betty Powell celebrated her turning 100 with a party with singers, birthday cake and a whopping 347 cards at Rose Meadow care home in North Walsham on Tuesday (October 10).

Alongside more than 100 cards from pupils at North Walsham High School, Betty received a telegram from the King and a special message from the chief executive of Rolls Royce – where she worked in a factory making planes during the Second World War.

Cards were sent from as far as the USA, Canada, the Falkland Islands and across Europe.

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Trevor Barton, a close friend of Betty’s, said: “Because Betty has no family left, I asked people to send her birthday cards on Facebook.  

“She had 150 cards from North Walsham High School, St Mary’s School in Roughton, and 1st Suffield Brownies.”

Betty was born in Derbyshire on October 10, 1923. She worked alongside her two brothers at the British Celanese – a chemical company in Spondon, where her father worked as chief fire officer.

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She was a ‘dollier’ at the Rolls Royce factory in Derbyshire during the war manufacturing British Typhoon and Spitfire aircraft. 

Dolliers were teams of two women who fit panels on the wings of aircraft using a riven gun. 

Betty went on to work in the railway ticket office in Derby and travelled across Europe in the late 1940s and 50s.

Mr Barton said she “met lots of interesting people along the way”, bringing back plenty of stories to tell about her travels.

She moved to Cromer with her two brothers in 1972 and the trio took over a guest house in Cabbell Road called Seaquest.

She moved into Rose Meadow five years ago, where she celebrated her special day surrounded by care home staff and her friends.