Pensioners celebrating their 90th birthday this year were given a special Royal surprise.
HRH The Countess of Wessex was special guest at the Isabella Centre, in Blyth, as local residents helping mark their 90th birthday.
The event had been organised by Coun Margaret Parker, the Mayor of Blyth Town Council, to tie in with The Queen’s own 90th birthday tomorrow (Thursday).
The Countess, accompanied by the Duchess of Northumberland, was greeted by youngsters at Princess Louise Pre-Nursery, based in the centre, and spent time talking to the children who had made their own flags to greet her.
After meeting staff at the centre, she then spent time with the guests who were celebrating their 90th birthday.
Before leaving, The Countess said: “Thank you for having me here today.
“To all of you who have already celebrated your 90th birthday, congratulations. And to those yet to celebrate, congratulations as well.
“I hope you have made justice of the wonderful tea you have here.
“I’ve had such a wonderful welcome, met lots of wonderful people turning out to say ‘hello’.
“On the eve of Her Majesty’s birthday, I will pass on your best wishes to her.”
Coun Parker said: “Having the Countess and Duchess here has been great. It’s been nice for Blyth to have something like this.
“The people have thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”