AFTER talking to Mary Philips for just five minutes it was easy to believe she had the courage, enthusiasm and energy to complete a tractor drive from Land's End to John O'Groats earlier this year – 1,188 miles at 9mph.
It took her just 17 days and by now the route must be quite familiar to her.
Mary started her long journeys in 2009, when she drove the tractor 50 miles from her home in St Teath to Hatherleigh Market and raised £4,500 for the Devon and Cornwall Air Ambulances.
She drove from John O'Groats to Land's End in 2012 and this year did the journey in reverse.
She has raised a huge total for the Devon and Cornwall Air Ambulances. She said her tractor is a great joy to drive but this is a huge achievement for someone just over 70.
Saturday night's event was billed as a celebration and a good old fashioned evening with music from the Accordians among the entertainment.
It was, of course, all in aid of the ambulance services so dear to Mary's heart. There really was a celebratory air in the hall, as friends of all ages joined together to celebrate.
Tables were loaded with delicious savouries and gorgeous cakes and Mary, looking extremely elegant, greeted old friends as they came to join in the celebration.
Prizes for an enormous raffle were spread out on a table and the evening was a great success.