Former Honiton resident Anne celebrates her centenary

PUBLISHED: 09:23 07 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:24 07 October 2015

Anne celebrated her birthday in style.

Anne celebrated her birthday in style.


A Honiton woman who possesses a rich vein of farming history has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Anne Mortimore (nee Carter) celebrated her birthday with a special lunch at the Victoria Hotel in Sidmouth with her sister and children on Saturday (October 3).

For more than 30 years, Anne farmed at Northcote Farm, in Honiton.

Born on October 1, 1915 to parents May and Frank Carter, who lived at Westcott Farm, in Rockbeare, she was one of seven children.

Anne went to the village school in Rockbeare, where she learnt the piano and violin. She and her siblings formed a band when they were older and often played at local dances.

She left that school at 14 and spent a year at St Hilda’s, in Exeter, which was later destroyed in the Blitz.

After finishing school, Anne stayed at home on the farm, and when she was about 18, her father started a milk round in Exeter, which she and her brother Oliver ran very successfully for a number of years.

At one of many birthday parties Anne attended, she met Colin Mortimore, a farmer from Broadclyst. They started to go out and eventually decided to get married, living at the farm in Broadclyst and eventually finding a place called Montrose, in Pinhoe, to call home. Colin decided it was time to build his own bungalow so eventually moved Anne and their four children to Forches Head, in Broadclyst, where he continued to work at the family farm.

As time went by, the opportunity came up for Colin and Anne to buy their own farm. They moved to Northcote Farm, in Honiton, where their fifth and last child was born.

They ran the farm and Northcote Caravan Park for about 30 years, eventually retiring to Coppins, Hut Gate Cross, just outside Honiton.

During this time Anne joined the Honiton Golf Club and travelled around the world.

As they got older, both Anne and Colin thought it time to move back into Honiton to Woodhills, Exeter Road, where they enjoyed life to the full with friends and family.

Colin died about seven years ago and Anne has been cared for by her family, recently moving to Ridgeway Residential Home, in Sidmouth.

Anne’s remaining sibling, Mabs Baker, still lives in Honiton.

After her birthday lunch, Anne enjoyed a party at the Kingswood Devoran Hotel in Sidmouth.

The bash was attended by more than 50 family members and friends, including her five children, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Among the flowers and presents given to her on the day were a newspaper from the day she was born and a telegram from the Queen.

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