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Shotley: What’s a 90-year-old’s favourite present? A horse, of course! Birthday girl over the moon at Suffolk Punch visit

Rosemary Amner of Main Road, Shotley with her birthday surpirse with a visit from William the Suffolk Punch, her son Paul Amner and daughter June Slatter.

Rosemary Amner of Main Road, Shotley with her birthday surpirse with a visit from William the Suffolk Punch, her son Paul Amner and daughter June Slatter.

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A BIRTHDAY girl had the surprise of her life when her son brought a Suffolk Punch to her home.

Rosemary Amner, of Main Road, Shotley, turned 90 on Saturday and had an extra special birthday treat.

Her son Paul Amner said: “My father worked on a farm in Chelmondiston all his life and both he and mum were brought up around Suffolk Punch horses.

“Because she’s not well enough to get out and about and travel over to Little Horkesley, which is where the horse is kept, we thought we’d bring one to her.”

William, a 13-year-old Suffolk Punch gelding, is kept at Bunting and Sons farm in Little Horkesley, where Mr Amner has volunteered for the past three-and-a-half years.

Mr Amner, who lives in Dovercourt, added: “She was completely overwhelmed by it all because she hasn’t seen a Suffolk Punch for years.”

Mr Amner, 67, said his grandchildren enjoyed sitting on William and having their photographs taken.

Family friends came along to lay eyes on the majestic animal.

Mrs Amner celebrated her special occasion with her four children, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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