Great-grandma, 100, who thanks sausage rolls for her long life has a Greggs-themed birthday party

Mary Emerson marked her 100th birthday with plenty of sausage rolls (Picture: Greggs/Triangle News)

Fans of sausage rolls, – vegan or otherwise – meet your new life inspiration.

Mary Emerson has just turned 100, and credits sausage rolls for her long and happy life.

An icon, we stan.

Mary has been making her own sausage rolls for most of her life, but as shes got older she does occasionally pop into her local Greggs for a pastry fix.

When she celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday, there was really only one way to mark the occasion.

Greggs threw the great-grandmother a surprise birthday party, complete with plenty of sausage rolls to share with friends and family.

Ive enjoyed baking for as long as I can remember and everyone has always enjoyed my sausage rolls, says Mary.

I still enjoy making them, with a little help.

Mary likes to make her own sausage rolls, but will nip to Greggs when she's in urgent need of some pastry
Mary likes to make her own sausage rolls, but will nip to Greggs when shes in urgent need of some pastry (Picture: Greggs/Triangle News)

One of my favourite times to make them is around Christmas time with my granddaughter Naomi.



How funny, our favourite time to eat sausage rolls is around Christmas, too. By which we mean within six months before or after 25 December.

Mary says the key to a great sausage roll is using good quality meat and cutting them up nice and small.

She still makes sausage rolls that receive praise from all those who sample them.

Mary says: Although my eyesight is poor and I have the odd niggle, I still try to make sausage rolls as they go down so well.

That and staying positive has definitely been the secret to a long life.

Were sold.

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Greggs sent her plenty of their stash to mark her 100th birthday (Picture: Greggs/Triangle News)

Mary was born prematurely with her twin sister Jean in 1919. They were both christened immediately as neither were expected to survive.

Sadly, Jean died in 1981, but Mary continues to surprise everyone by leading a healthy, happy life well into old age. She has lived alone since the death of her husband Tom in 1976.

I have lived a good life, she says.

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