Wigan pensioner receives birthday cards from around the world as she turns 100

Cards and well wishes flooded in from across the world for centenarian Lily Houghton.

Belong care village, in Platt Bridge, had appealed for people to send cards to Lily to mark her 100th birthday.

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A total of 248 cards arrived – including one from a nephew she had not seen for 50 years, another from a woman in Utah with the same name and a special card from the Queen.

Lily Houghton with her card from the Queen

Lily, who celebrated with afternoon tea, said: "Thank you all so much, God bless you all."

.Lily Houghton celebrated with family and friends
Nearly 250 cards were sent to Lily Houghton
Celebrations for Lily