Emily Peck’s love of bowls has helped keep her sprightly up to the age of 100

Stepping out on the bowling green has helped to keep an Abbotsham lady 100 years young.

Emily Peck celebrated her 100th birthday on Thursday at Westward Ho! Sandpiper Short Mat Bowling Club, which she still attends regularly.

Emily has always been active and carried on cycling until she was 70. She took up bowls when in her 50s and reluctantly gave up the sport aged 98, but is still a keen attendee at club social events.

Club members and friends gathered at the Kingsley Hall club house to celebrate her birthday with her.

Emily was born at Whitechapel in London and married her late husband Ben in 1948.

Bowls was a passion in later years and when she moved to Devon in 1982 she joined Bideford’s Victoria Park Bowling Club, then around 1990 formed Abbotsham Short Mat Indoor Bowling Club with her friend Ruby Beer.

She joined Westward Ho! aged 90 and brought with her a wealth of experience and a fierce competitive spirit to her matches.

“I was in my 50s when I started, but I just enjoyed it,” she said.

“I still come and watch now, and enjoy the club dinners and social occasions.”