Nfld. & Labrador

100K shares for 100 years: Newfoundland woman celebrates birthday on Facebook

How does a centenarian celebrate a century on earth? By collecting shares on Facebook, of course.

New school birthday wishes for 100-year-old woman from Baytona

Mary Canning, 100, poses for photos at her birthday celebration held Thursday in Baytona, near Lewisporte. (CBC)

How does a centenarian celebrate a century on earth? By collecting shares on Facebook, of course.

Mary Canning of Baytona, a small central Newfoundland community just south of Lewisporte, celebrated her 100th birthday Thursday.

In the lead up to her big celebration, staff at the Pleasantview Manor posted a photo of Canning holding a sign asking for "no less than 100 likes and shares" on Facebook.

Within two days, another three zeros were tacked on to that number, as the post was shared over 150,000 times.

The post on Facebook generated over 8,000 likes, 150,000 shares and 750 comments. (Facebook)

Canning, who is affectionately known as the Queen of Baytona, was soon flooded with warm wishes from Finland to California, and many other places around the world.

And it wasn't just virtual birthday wishes Canning was showered with. She took a spin in a limousine, while drinking a glass of cider to celebrate. 

The limo was part of a motorcade that made its way through Baytona, with Canning waving all the way to town hall.

Family and friends of Mary Canning held a motorcade through the streets of Baytona, with Canning riding in a limousine, waving to the crowd. (CBC)

Waiting there were family and friends, who took plenty of pictures with Canning.

"If they all gave me a dollar a piece I might have a lot of money," Canning joked.

With files from Chris Ensing


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